Fabrice Pierre, REINECKE: Flute Concerto / Harp Concerto / Ballade

Gavin Borchert

By Gavin Borchert

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
A 20th century take on 19th century instruments.

Conservative, yes, but by all accounts kindly, modest and a beloved teacher rather than a crusty reactionary, the prolific Reinecke enjoyed a long career that lasted from the days of Mendelssohn and Chopin through Wagner and Mahler to the envelope-pushing early works of Schoenberg, Stravinsky, Bartok and Webern. If, in the last decade of his life, he knew or heard much of what his contemporaries were up to, his response must have been something like, "Hmmm, no thanks, not for me"; in 1908 he completed his Flute Concerto, an almost sensually euphonious work that likely wouldn't have raised eyebrows 80 years earlier. The three movements of Reinecke's glorious 1884 Harp Concerto bring out three sides of the instrument: bardic, lyrical and sparkling. Fabrice Pierre and Patrick Gallois, this recording's two soloists, both play richly and splendidly; they also conduct the orchestra in each other's concertos.