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Reinecke: Complete String Quartets / Reinhold Quartet


Release Date: 04/12/2019 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 555184  
Number of Discs: 2 
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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 father’s 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 Schumann’s brand new Quartets op. 41. Reinecke pays homage to Schumann’s 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 Read more subsequent quartets and undermine the cliché of a 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. Read less

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 Solidly Romantic June 14, 2019 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "The five surviving string quartets of Carl Reinecke describe an arc. His two earliest quartets were discarded and lost, but his first published quartet appears in 1845 at the start of his career. The last was completed in 1909, a year before his death. Reinecke studied with both Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann. The influence of these teachers is apparent in Reinecke's String Quartet No. 1. Completed when the composer was just eighteen, it's a well-constructed work full of potential. By contrast, the String Quartet No. 5 in G minor is pure Reinecke. Written at the end of his career, the quartet benefits from a lifetime of compositional experience. The construction is complex and sophisticated. Thick, chromatic harmonies masterfully guide the listener through the work. The middle quartets show the gradual development of a composer finding his own voice. By the end of his life, Reinecke was considered somewhat old-fashioned. Yet he always remained true to his musical ideal, eschewing fashion for authenticity. The Reinhold Quartett performs admirably in this cycle. The players are all members of the Gewandhaus Orchestra, an organization Reinecke directed for over 30 years. I like to think it gives the quartet a natural affinity for Reinecke's style. The quartet has a lush, full sound in these recordings. And yet I could easily follow individual lines in the music. Reinecke wrote, "Time mows down artworks that are not created by a brilliant artist, which I am not." Perhaps. But mowed vegetation sometimes grows back. The Reinhold Quartett's performances do justice to these works. They convinced me that Reinecke's quartets merit a listen -- and perhaps more than just a listen." Report Abuse
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