Reiner: Music for Cello
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Karel Reiner: Music for Cello

Catalogue Number: TOCC0083
EAN: 5060113440839
Release Date: 13 February 2012
Duration: 71:28

Cello Concerto, Op. 34
Sonata Brevis, Op. 39
Elegy and Capriccio
Verses for viola and piano

Sebastian Foron, cello
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, orchestra
Zdeněk Mácal, conductor
Matti Raekallio, piano

Karel Reiner (1910–79) – a major missing voice in Czech music – suffered under both of twentieth-century Europe’s major tyrannies. As a Jew he was imprisoned by the Nazis, miraculously surviving a series of atrocities: Terezín, Auschwitz, a camp near Dachau and a death march. Then, back in Prague after the War, he was accused of ‘formalism’ by the Communists. This first CD of a series reviving Reiner’s music presents the large-scale Concerto he completed just before his internment in Terezín – and first heard, in this live performance, only in 2010 – and three chamber pieces which evolve though echoes of Janáček and Martinů to the brittle humour of the Stravinskyan Verses, one of his last works.

Booklet texts   (PDF)

Track Listing, MP3 Downloads and Streaming Samples

Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
DOWNLOAD COMPLETE ALBUM 71:28
1-3 Cello Concerto, Op. 34 (1941-43)

Karel Reiner, composer
Sebastian Foron, cello
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, orchestra
Zdeněk Mácal, conductor

(first recording, recorded live)
33:04
1 I. Allegro energico 12:39 play
2 II. [Cantabile ed espressivo] 9:03 play
3 III. Allegro vivo. Leggiero 11:22 play
4-6 Sonata Brevis, Op. 39 (1946)

Karel Reiner, composer
Sebastian Foron, cello
Matti Raekallio, piano

(first recording)
10:43
4 I. Allegro moderato 4:33 play
5 II. Marcia funebre 3:59 play
6 III. Allegro con brio 2:11 play
7-8 Elegy and Capriccio (1957, 1960)

Karel Reiner, composer
Sebastian Foron, cello
Matti Raekallio, piano

(first recording)
11:33
7 I. Elegy: Poco grave 5:46 play
8 II. Capriccio: Allegro 5:47 play
9-12 Verses for viola and piano (1975)

Karel Reiner, composer
Sebastian Foron, cello
Matti Raekallio, piano

(first recording, played on cello at original pitch)
16:08
9 I. Andante. Poco grave 4:27 play
10 II. Energico 4:18 play
11 III. Poco andante 3:41 play
12 IV. Allegro assai 3:42 play

Artists

Karel Reiner

Karel Reiner, composer

Sebastian Foron

Sebastian Foron, cello

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra

Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, orchestra

Zdeněk Mácal

Zdeněk Mácal, conductor

Matti Raekallio

Matti Raekallio, piano

Reviews

...As the music is programmed chronologically one can trace Reiner’s development immediately via the 1946 Sonata brevis, an exceptionally fluent, kaleidoscopically intriguing work. ...The Elegy and Capriccio followed over a decade later, where there’s more yearning and explicit romanticism than one would have expected from Reiner, at least in the Elegy. The Capriccio is genial, quicksilver, and delightfully performed. ...Sections here [Verses for viola and piano] are most revealing of Reiner’s affiliation with the Second Viennese School. More than that: one can hear those elements of contrast that are so much a part of Reiner’s musical thought and which repay study.

There is a very interesting booklet to read, and excellently engineered recordings to admire.

Jonathan Woolf MusicWeb International May 2014

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