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Recorded by Little Tribeca at the Fondation Singer-Polignac (Paris) in february 2019
Artistic direction and sound engineering: Maximilien Ciup
Editing, mixing and mastering: Émilie Ruby
Executive production: Little Tribeca and Les Idées Heureuses
Released: 08 November 2019
Reicha, Beethoven: Symphonies de salon
Reicha and Beethoven are both composers and were both born in the year 1770. They met in Bonn and even played together for several years in Bonn’s orchestra pit. The Concert de la Loge takes the opportunity of their 250th birthday to pay them a tribute, with this recording that brings together Beethoven’ Septet op.20 (for an atypical string quartet with violin, viola, cello and double bass, plus clarinet, horn and bassoon) and Reicha’s Grande Symphonie de Salon no.1 (for string quintet, oboe, clarinet, cor and bassoon).
These hybrid works are situated at crossroads between chamber music and symphony and reflect the taste of experimentation of their composers. The sophisticated instrumental lines of Beethoven’s work meet here the great orchestral charism of Reicha, whom Berlioz hailed as a “true revolutionary” when he was nominated at the head of the Académie des Beaux-Arts’s music section.
Julien Chauvin and his musicians offer here a double-portrait album that allows us to hear the similarities between French and German musical aesthetics as well as the relative singularity of these audacious works. Their musical rigor doesn’t take away the fantasy that lies within it, even in chamber pieces, and one can only acknowledge the orchestral virtuosity that stems from it.
In the press
The Beethoven itself is nigh-on indestructible and played, like the Reicha, with a great deal of panache. [...] Those who have followed these players’ Haydn ‘Paris’ Symphonies will be well acquainted with their high standards of performance.
On apprécie vivement la puissance, la verdeur et la pertinence des instruments du Concert de la Loge [...]. Les instrumentistes brillent merveilleusement.
Emmenés par le violon de Julien Chauvin, chef de troupe au sens théâtral, les acteurs de cette pièce sans paroles rivalisent d’esprit.
Une belle et intéressante réussite.
Anton Reicha (1770-1836)
Grande Symphonie de salon no.1 for nine instruments in D major
1. Adagio – Allegro
3. Minuetto. Allegro
4. Finale. Allegro Vivace
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Septet for violin, viola, cello, double bass, clarinet, horn and bassoon in E flat major, op.20
5. Adagio – Allegro con brio
6. Adagio cantabile
7. Tempo di minuetto – Trio
8. Tema con variazioni. Andante
9. Scherzo. Allegro molto e vivace
10. Andante con molto alla marcia – Presto