Anton Reicha - Complete Piano Music Vol.2 | Toccata Classics TOCC0017

Anton Reicha - Complete Piano Music Vol.2


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Label: Toccata Classics

Cat No: TOCC0017

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 28th July 2017



The piano works of the Czech-born composer Anton Reicha (1770–1836) – friend of Haydn and Beethoven, teacher of Berlioz, Liszt and Franck – are one of the best-kept secrets in music. He was an important influence on composers of the next generation but, apart from an innovative set of fugues, his piano works have remained almost unknown since his own day.

Encompassing Baroque practices as well as looking forward to the twentieth century, they are full of harmonic and other surprises that show this liveliest of minds at work. The massive variation-set on a simple French gavotte recorded here for the first time reveals a composer who tempers his learning with a vivid sense of humour.

Henrik Löwenmark is the world authority on the piano music of Reicha. He was born in Gothenburg and educated at the university there but has long since lived in Stockholm. Since his graduation he has been active as freelance musician in a multitude of contexts: solo, chamber music, accompaniment and song-coaching, orchestral piano, choir, opera and so on. In 2006 he finished his master’s thesis, The Piano Music of Anton Reicha, at the University of Gothenburg. Fanfare greeted the first volume in this survey ecstatically: ‘This is, joyfully, the first volume of a project to record all of Reicha’s piano music […]. Unhesitatingly recommended.’

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