Reinecke - Complete String Quartets | CPO 5551842

Reinecke - Complete String Quartets

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Label: CPO

Cat No: 5551842

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 1st March 2019

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Five string quartets by Carl Reinecke from all the phases of his career, from its beginnings to his old age, are extant. He himself played the first violin in his fatherís quartet and in this way very early became acquainted with an extensive quartet repertoire. When he began composing his first quartet, he not only was familiar with the contributions to this genre by Mozart and Beethoven but also knew Schumannís brand new Quartets op.41. Reinecke pays homage to Schumannís music in particular in the lyrical moments of his Quartet no.2. He composed the Quartets nos. 3 and 4 during his years as the conductor of the Gewandhaus Orchestra. No.3 surprises us with its expansive key plans, which also make us sit up and take notice in his subsequent quartets and undermine the clichť of an epigone who rigidly adhered to convention and academism. In his last contribution to the genre, the Quartet no.5, he remains true to his style. This work perhaps sounds somewhat less like Schumann and somewhat more like Brahms, whose music Reinecke very much admired.

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