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  • Conductor: Patrick Gallois, Fabrice Pierre
  • Composer: Carl Reinecke
  • Audio CD (3 July 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000FVQUQW
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 287,591 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Concerto pour harpe op.182 - Concerto pour flûte op.283 - Ballade op.288 / Fabrice Pierre (harpe & direction) - Patrick Gallois (flûte & direction) - Swedish Chamber Orchestra

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Whether it was due to changing fashions and the rising pre-eminence of violin and piano virtuosi or due to the increasing size of the orchestra and the difficulty of pitting the solo instruments against it, the nineteenth century saw a steady decline in the production of formal concertos for both the harp and the flute (and, indeed, for woodwind instruments in general); as far as new compositions were concerned, their only significant role in the orchestral repertoire seems to have been restricted to short concert pieces, paraphrases on popular operas for example or `concertinos', often single movement occasional pieces that acted as fillers on programmes or a showcases for this-or-that local performer or friend of the composer. We should be grateful, therefore, for these two extended works by Reinecke, which are skilfully written and undeniably appealing even if their author is now deemed to be a relatively minor figure in the pantheon of Romantic composers.

Of the two works, the earlier harp concerto is the most substantial and the strongest, I think, both in the quality of the material and Reinecke's handling of it. Even if his was not an original or particularly profound voice, Reinecke was a consummate professional and this shows in the lucid structure of the opening `Allegro moderato' of the harp concerto (and, indeed, in the corresponding movement of the flute concerto) - these works might not be written on the scale or with the complexity of some of the imposing piano concertos of the time but Reinecke leaves you in no doubt that he has approached these pieces with symphonic thinking in mind and neither relies upon empty virtuoso display.
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I have just listened to the Harp Concerto on Venice Classical Radio and had to have the disc. A revelation for someone who has had little experience of the harp and has found it difficult to find any recordings of harp music. Venice Classic comes up trumps again and makes an investment in internet radio well worthwhile.
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Well recorded C.D. Gallois playing the flute with the harpist he recorded the Mozart Flute and Harp concerto with. A treat for the ears.
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HASH(0x90dcea2c) out of 5 stars An enjoyable recording 10 Oct. 2009
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Carl Reinecke was born in 1824, but lived all the way until 1910. When he wrote the two works for flute and orchestra presented here at the beginning of the 20th century, the style was already more than half a century out of date. The style, in other words, remains firmly within the tradition of Schumann and perhaps Mendelssohn. But there is no doubt that Reinecke was an expert craftsman who knew how to put together such works expertly and hold the listener's attention despite the (admittedly) paucity of the actual material. In other words, the two works (the Ballade less so than the concerto) are charmingly enjoyable but inconsequential works. They are played with elegance by Patrick Gallois, although he as a tendency to be a little more audibly breathy than one could perhaps have hoped for. Still, this is a recommendable performance of two fine works.

Apart from the Undine sonata for flute and piano, Reinecke's harp concerto is probably his most famous work and the only one that has retained a place in the repertoire. It is in fact a very fine piece, spirited and playful and gorgeously scored - Reinecke has, if anything, taken meticulous care to provide orchestral textures that can actually work in a concerto with the harp as the soloist. Fabrice Pierre provides a spirited, finely shaped performance with both character and beauty of tone.

In both works the Swedish Chamber Orchestra are effective partners, with crisp playing and a lively tone. In short, the performances here make the most out of these works, without trying to make more out of them than there are. The sound quality is fine as well, and all in all the disc deserves a secure recommendation for anyone on the lookout for easy, engaging music.
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HASH(0x90f52b64) out of 5 stars Nice Purchase ! 4 Mar. 2012
By zerosykess - Published on Amazon.com
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As I get older, and like less stormy music, I find my tastes becomming more liberal. There is nothing wrong with soothing Harp or Flute music. I guess I'm mellowing out a bit. Being more accepting and tolerating diversity is called growth!!! This is essential as a life long learner !

Every once and a while classical music connouissers buy a new disc or two, expanding their music collection and musical appreciation while defining their personal parameters, as was my case. I already own some Vivaldi, Mozart, and Bach Flute and harp music, so I gambled and was pleasantly surprised. Welcome and pleasing was this cd. Less strenuous and demanding listening effort is required. It can help calm you down, study, or fall asleep. It is beauteous and diaphanous, and when was that a bad thing?

Reinecke was a German composer who taught Greig, Bruck, Frank, Fox and others.

Have a great day !
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HASH(0x91063d5c) out of 5 stars Seriously,,, 6 April 2008
By poteruka711 - Published on Amazon.com
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Seriously, quite honestly, I don't reccomend this recording especially for flute concertos, a harp cocerto is fine though. Patrick Gallois's interpretation is sort of'incomprehensible, uncomfortable accents, wierd breathe places etc... These are not my prejudice, in facts some flutist regret that he changed his style completely; he used to play better than now!! In my opinion, you should also buy his previous recording or the same music played by the other to understand how strange this recording is.
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