Carl Reinecke was a virtuoso pianist and teacher whose playing was admired by Franz Liszt and Clara Schumann. Today Reinecke is best known for his piano works, for his Flute Sonata and for this D major concerto, which stands as nearly the only Romantic flute concerto still in the repertory. That the D major concerto, written in 1908, should be considered Romantic at all is a key to understanding Reinecke's music, which was very old-fashioned in its day, rooted in the early 19th-century language of Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann. But Reinecke was an excellent craftsman with a subtle ear for melody and harmony. The Flute Concerto shows him at his best; traditionalism is still mixed with post-romanticism and emerging modernism.
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