Antoine Reicha: Complete Piano Music, Volume Three

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Catalogue No: TOCC0243
EAN/UPC: 5060113442437
Release Date: 2018-11-01
Composer: Anton Reicha
Artists: Henrik Löwenmark

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

Listen To This Recording:

  1. Rondeau No. 2 in F major (c. 1800)
  2. Études ou Exercices, Op. 30: Livre 1 (c. 1800)

  3. No. 1, The twelve major scales Allegro
  4. No. 2, The twelve minor scales Un poco allegro
  5. No. 3, Chromatic scale Allegro
  6. No. 4, Trills Allegretto
  7. No. 5, Ornaments Largo
  8. No. 6, Broken chords
  9. No. 7, Thirds Allegro moderato
  10. No. 8, Clefs Larghetto
  11. No. 9, Octaves Allegro
  12. No. 10, Enharmonic Andante sostenuto
  13. Études ou Exercices, Op. 30: Livre 2

  14. No. 1, Adagio molto et sostenuto
  15. No. 2, Allegro poco vivace
  16. No. 3, Andante un poco adagio
  17. No. 4, Combined metre Allegro un poco vivace
  18. No. 5, Andante
  19. No. 6, Allegretto
  20. No. 7, Harmony Un poco largo
  21. No. 8, Allegro
  22. No. 9, Fugue
  23. No. 10, Adagio molto
  24. Fantaisie sur un thème de Girolamo Frescobaldi (c. 1800)


1 review for Antoine Reicha: Complete Piano Music, Volume Three

  1. :

    ‘As an academic, as well as performing pianist, Henrik Löwenmark’s fascinating and absorbing sleeve-notes are especially erudite, and exceedingly thorough […]

    this exceedingly well-played and faithfully recorded new issue from the seemingly-indefatigable Toccata Classics label will further enhance Antoine Reicha’s burgeoning reputation as a composer of innovative piano music often well beyond its time.’

    —Philip R Buttall, MusicWeb International

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