David's Review Corner
, January 2007
Born in Germany in 1824 Carl Reinecke's music hangs into the
concert repertoire by a thread, though thankfully inquisitive record labels
offer a chance to catch up with some of his extensive output. After that build
up I would love to say we here have some major discoveries, but like most of
his output you admire his music rather than falling deeply in love. The very
first work is a case in point, Reinecke more intent on blending the viola and
clarinet in duet passages rather than the more interesting prospect of juxtaposing
the very different sounds of the three instruments. The four Fantasy Pieces
are a very different, full of happiness and life, recalling Mendelssohn in their
transparency and lightness. The Sonata is an adaptation of the work for flute
and piano, and though it is nice to have a new slant on the composer's most
frequently played work, the heavier weight of the clarinet may not be quite
in keeping with the original concept. The slow movement, however, is very beautiful
in this creamy approach. Finally to the Introduction and Allegro appassionato,
with the piano having the bulk of the 'appassionato' input. Reliable playing
throughout, but the piano needed to have been placed far more forward for an
ideal recorded balance. The disc comes as part of Naxos's Limited Edition and
may best be found from your Internet supplier.
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