The piano music of the Czech-born composer Antoine Reicha (1770–1836) – friend of Haydn and Beethoven, teacher of Berlioz, Liszt, Franck and many others – is 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 musical minds at work. Reicha’s twenty Études ou Exercices, recorded here for the first time, manage to combine his maverick inventiveness with a considerable degree of charm.
Henrik Löwenmark, piano
Études ou Exercices, Op. 30: Livre 1 (c. 1800)
Études ou Exercices, Op. 30: Livre 2
Catalogue No: TOCC0243EAN/UPC: 5060113442437Release Date: 01.11.2018Composer: Anton Reicha Artists: Henrik Löwenmark
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