Reicha - Chamber Music | Alpha ALPHA369

Reicha - Chamber Music


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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA369

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Release Date: 22nd September 2017



The fruitful partnership between the Alpha label, the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel and the Palazzetto Bru Zane continues with this set of chamber music by Anton Reicha, performed by the musicians of the Chapel, young talents of an exceptionally high standard, ready and willing to take up the challenge of this music.

A key figure of the early nineteenth century, this Czech composer who became a naturalised French citizen did not leave his contemporaries indifferent. Both his music and his theoretical writings set zealous partisans against fierce detractors.

This 3-CD set, assembling pieces from different genres and periods, gives an insight into the richness of the composer’s extremely prolific output of chamber music: it illustrates the diversity of the instrumental genres he tackled (sonatas, fugues, études and variations for piano; piano trio, string quartet, string quintet) and a compositional art characterised by perfect mastery – as one would expect from someone trained by Haydn in Vienna between 1802 and 1808 – and by the greatest originality.


... it all leaves you wanting to hear more, both of Reicha and of his performers.
Gramophone November 2017
Excellent performances from musicians of the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth.
The Sunday Times 22 October 2017

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