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David Denton
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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