Sunday, September 09, 2018 11:30 AM

BEETHOVEN’S TEENAGE BUDDY ANTON REICHA FINALLY GETS HIS OWN SPOTLIGHT

Until recently, the place youd be most likely to encounter the name Anton Reicha was in the footnotes of books about Beethoven. The two met as teenagers when they played in the same orchestra in Bonn, Germany: Reicha as second flute, Beethoven on viola. Reichas name also pops up in the biographies of composers who studied counterpoint with him at the Paris Conservatory: Berlioz, Liszt, Franck, Gounod.

But an ambitious recording project by the American-Serbian pianist Ivan Ilic suggests its time to finally give Reichas music a listen. This week brings the release of the second in a planned five-disc series[1], accompanied by documentary videos[2] posted online. The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center will include works by Reicha in two programs[3] in November. But its particularly in the piano music of Reicha, who was born in Prague in 1770 and died in Paris in 1836, that Mr. Ilic sees affinities with ...

News source: ArtsJournal

See also: CSO