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    Default Anton Reicha

    Let's try this one! Any music that you know or love by this composer? Feel free to mention works alone, or specific recordings!

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    Wind Quintet No.3 in E flat Major, Op.88 No.2

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    Of course all of the wind Quintets

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    All I know of Reicha is his Requiem:



    He was a lifelong friend of Beethoven and teacher to Liszt and Berlioz and seems to have been quite known for his chamber works for winds... especially his wind quintets. I found the Requiem to be quite a marvelous piece... certainly making him worthy of further investigation.


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    I know he composed several string quartets, I would like to know more on this one, for eg. Grand quatuor concertant in Eb Op. 104

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    He wrote a quintet for clarinet and string quartet, op.89, that's worth listening.

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    I wonder if we have any other ideas this time around?
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    I know nothing beyond the Wind Quintets, although they are some mightily fine compositions. I recently got my hands on this box set...

    Reicha.jpg

    ...where the quintets receive a very bright and breezy performance. My favourite is Op. 100, No. 5 (which I was recently inspired to add to the Talk Classical Project ). Much of the music has a classical elegance which reminds me of Mozart, and I also enjoy hearing this combination of instruments.

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    I have quite a few Reicha discs. The one I enjoy the most is on Sony Vivarte and includes three quintets for cello and string quartet.

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    The first proper Reicha string quartet recording already released last year...

    The Kreutzer String Quartet planned to recorded them all, let's wait.


    http://amzn.to/19TZPvb

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    Quote Originally Posted by Winterreisender View Post
    I know nothing beyond the Wind Quintets, although they are some mightily fine compositions. I recently got my hands on this box set...

    Reicha.jpg

    ...where the quintets receive a very bright and breezy performance. My favourite is Op. 100, No. 5 (which I was recently inspired to add to the Talk Classical Project ). Much of the music has a classical elegance which reminds me of Mozart, and I also enjoy hearing this combination of instruments.
    Yeah, I saw that. I don't remember what inspired me to start this thread in 2011, but I revisited it because of that. Interestingly, there is only one complete recording of op. 100 available at the moment (according to arkivmusic.com) and it's in that box. But that box is a bit too big for me to invest in now, so I decided I'd try some other Reicha instead.
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    There seems to be a nice Naxos disc available containing Op. 100 No. 5 and Op. 88 No. 2 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Reicha-Wind-...s=reicha+naxos).



    The Wind Quintets are all I know at the moment, but I am now tempted to check out the Requiem mentioned above

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    Hey Anton! Copying Beethoven. Not so easy, eh?
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    The wind quintets are all I know also, but they have a remarkable good humor and frequent wit to them.

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    I have his set of 36 fugues for piano, written to accompany his new theory of fugues (which Beethoven rapidly dismissed, saying the system produced a fugue that wasn't a fugue). There's an interesting wiki page on the set:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/36_Fugues_%28Reicha%29

    One of the fugues (no 18) is has a subject consisting of one note. Beat that, JSB.

    They're a bit dry, but after reading the wiki article on them I'll try them again.

    Here's the recording (obviously produced by the same graphic designer as one further up this thread:
    Tiny Wirtz - Reicha- 36 Fugues for Piano Op. 36 (Disc 1).jpg

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