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Carl Heinrich Reinecke: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 23 June 2009
Reinecke's four piano concertos are very much in the Schumann/Mendelssohn tradition. Although the orchestra has plenty to do, it does not interact to any great extent with the piano which spends much of its time engaged in decorative figuration. Melodically these concertos are not particularly distinguished although the slow movements of the 1st and 3rd concertos and the finale of the 4th may lodge in your memory. Reinecke is capable of the odd tonal surprise and he often neatly rounds his concertos off by bringing back material from earlier movements in finales.
Nothing here to really compare with this composer's splendid Violin Concerto (or even with those for harp and flute) and, for a piano concerto in a similar style, I would certainly recommend Goetz's splendid one in B flat above any of Reinecke's.
Performances are fine (Hellwig deserves a medal for learning all those notes!) and the recording is good although some of the woodwind detail could have been captured with more clarity.
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