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REINECKE: Octet / Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe (From the Cradle to the Grave) / Sextet

Composer(s):Reinecke, Carl
Artist(s) Boston Symphony Orchestra, members, Ensemble • Smith, Fenwick, flute • Hinton, Hugh, piano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber Music
Catalogue 8.570777
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Chamber music purely for wind ensembles was largely overlooked by Romantic composers and as a result Carl Reinecke’s genial Sextet and Octet for wind loom rather large in a sparse landscape. They are substantial, handsomely crafted works in which Reinecke’s skill for scoring yields a sonority at once rich, noble and beautifully balanced. Reinecke’s cycle of sixteen piano pieces Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe, here arranged for flute and piano by Ernesto Köhler, is a homage to his contemporary Robert Schumann yet loses nothing of the composer’s originality and vitality.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,June 2008

I recall reviewing this disc with considerable enthusiasm when it was first released way back in 1993 on the Etcetera label, and am delighted to renew my acquaintance. Carl Reinecke had combined the life of a brilliant pianist and popular conductor with a prodigious output of music in all genres, having been born into a German musical family in 1824. He was eventually to become Music Director of the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, taking over from his illustrious predecessors, Mendelssohn and Schumann. As a symphonic composer his music was to have a short shelf-life, with Brahms and his contemporaries arriving on the scene and composing in a new and more hard-hitting style. While his chamber music still tells of a most attractive and gifted composer, it tended to die along with his



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