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Antonin Reicha: Piano Trios

Audio Samples

>Reicha, Antoine : Trio for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op.101/1
>Reicha, Antoine : Trio for Piano and Strings in D minor, Op. 101/2
>Reicha, Antoine : Trio for Piano and Strings in C major, Op. 101/3

Album Summary

>Reicha, Antoine : Trio for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op.101/1
>Reicha, Antoine : Trio for Piano and Strings in D minor, Op. 101/2
>Reicha, Antoine : Trio for Piano and Strings in C major, Op. 101/3
Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Rejcha?s life story would provide ample material for a blockbuster film: at the age of eleven he ran away from home to gain a musical education. He was a masterful flautist, violinist and pianist. By fifteen he had become the flautist in the orchestra of Max Franz, Elector of Cologne - next to the young violinist Beethoven. Rejcha's six large concertante trios, three of which are contained on this CD, were first published in Paris in 1824. In addition to the composer's inexhaustible invention, his works also owe their great success to the virtuoso demands placed on all three instruments. This was a great challenge for the Guarneri Trio, who after a quarter of a century rank among the world's finest, owing to their interplay, virtuosity and sonic qualities. Listen to how the priceless Guarneri instruments sound in the hands of these superlative musicians.

BBC Music Magazine
Brewer sails through the test. Her Elektra is a young woman shocked into life by the arrival of Orestes...her voice lightened to give her youth as she waits; and then comes a seemingly unstoppable stream of luscious exultant tone...there's an unbearable beauty about Brewer's singing when she kisses the mouth of the dead Jokanaan. Donald Runnicles is a noble partner throughout.

Classic FM Magazine
Brewer's dramatic soprano voice, though large and opulent, never loses its warm, lyric core of purity. She soars effortlessly over the orchestra...[her] triumphant Salome is dangerous yet vulnerable - just as she should be.

Gramophone Magazine
Be warned - the dynamic range is huge. It would be a good idea to let the neighbours know what is coming...Brewer is fully involved and in splendid voice, letting herself go at the top with a freedom she does not always manage in the theatre...at the climaxes the orchestra does not half let rip.

New York Times
Christine Brewer, a superlative Strauss singer, wields her sumptuous voice to impressive effect in the recognition scene from "Elektra," the imprisonment scene from "Die Frau Ohne Schatten" and the final scene from "Salome."

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Domovina Studio, Prague (06/16/1994-04/18/1995).



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Works Details

>Reicha, Antoine : Trio for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op.101/1
  • Ensemble: Guarneri Trio (Prague)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1824

>Reicha, Antoine : Trio for Piano and Strings in D minor, Op. 101/2
  • Ensemble: Guarneri Trio (Prague)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1824

>Reicha, Antoine : Trio for Piano and Strings in C major, Op. 101/3
  • Ensemble: Guarneri Trio (Prague)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1824