Beethoven & Reger - Serenades for Flute, Violin & Viola | Brilliant Classics 95420

Beethoven & Reger - Serenades for Flute, Violin & Viola


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Label: Brilliant Classics

Cat No: 95420

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 21st April 2017



The first phrase of Regerís Op.141 Serenade plunges the listener into the world of joyful music‐making among friends circa 1780. The immediate modulation to a higher key in the second phrase brings us back to the more knowing world of late‐Romanticism, and Reger thereafter moves between the two with great charm and no little skill. Light and effervescent the temper of these serenades may be but they also make considerable demands on their performers to keep up with the composerís breathless turn of phrase and invention; these Italian musicians are fully up to speed. The Larghetto slow movement of Op.141 is an expressive high‐point on the disc and, like much of Regerís music, it is far too little known given its tender appeal to the general listener.

With these two works, Reger was evidently paying homage to a Classical spirit which found its fulfilment Ė at least in this unusual instrumentation Ė in Beethovenís Serenade. The six movements find the young Beethoven at his most carefree and effervescent: even the Andante and variations (which would become a conduit for profound thoughts later in his career) is as light as air and bubbling with melody and witty repartee. Anyone who only knows Beethoven from the symphonies, sonatas and concertos has a very pleasant surprise in store with this disc.

Andrea Oliva is principal flautist of the Orchestra dellíAccademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, and has made many notable recordings with them and their music director, Sir Antonio Pappano, but he has also enjoyed a successful career as a soloist: according to Sir James Galway, he is Ďone of the best flutists of his generation, a shining star in the world of the flute.í He has recorded Bach sonatas with Angela Hewitt and the chamber music of Saint‐SaŽns (BC95165) and Dutilleux (BC94738) with his Santa Cecilia colleagues, both released by Brilliant Classics.

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