REICHA Rediscovered, Volume 1 with Ivan Ilic – as featured on BBC Radio 3, In Tune

REICHA Rediscovered, Vol. 1 as featured on BBC Radio 3 In Tune, 20 September 2017

Antoine Reicha (1770-1836): Grande Sonate in C major
Three excerpts from Practische Beispiele:
No. 4. Fantaisie sur un seul accord
No. 7. Capriccio
No. 20. Harmonie
Sonata in F major on a Theme by Mozart
Etude, Op. 97 No. 1

Ivan Ilic – Piano
Chandos 10950 @ £12.25*

“Ivan Ilić’s playing exudes technical brilliance and warmth in equal measures; the dominant impression is of a pianist keen to share this extraordinary music with a wider public. The affection is palpable. Chandos’s rich sound is impressive, and further volumes are promised. A winner.” The Arts Desk

The Serbian-American Paris-based pianist Ivan Ilic has signed a new multi-album recording contract with Chandos Records, following internationally acclaimed recordings of works by Godowsky and Feldman. His first project on the label is a series devoted to the solo piano works of the Czech composer Antoine Reicha, a contemporary and lifelong friend of Beethoven.

Although best known for his contributions to the repertoire for wind quintet, Reicha wrote vast quantities of solo piano music, most of which has never been recorded. The manuscripts, preserved in the Bibliothèque nationale de France, were published only recently.

Offering premiere recordings of the Grande Sonate in C major, the Sonata in F major, and three excerpts from Practische Beispiele, this first volume confirms Reicha as an authoritative, singular voice, whose piano works complement and enrich our understanding of Haydn and Beethoven. Volume 1 is a coproduction of Chandos, RTS (Swiss Radio), and the Palazzetto Bru Zane Centre de Musique Romantique Francaise in Venice.

Chandos Records CHAN10950

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