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Reiner: Music for Cello - Foron, Raekallio, Mácal

Reiner: Music for Cello - Foron, Raekallio, Mácal

Toccata Classics  TOCC 0083

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Karel Reiner: Cello Concerto Op. 34, Sonata Brevis Op. 39, Elegy and Capriccio, Verses for viola and piano

Sebastian Foron (cello)
Matti Raekallio (piano)
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Zdeněk Mácal (conductor)


Karel Reiner (1910–79) – a major missing voice in Czech music – suffered under both of twentieth-century Europe’s major tyrannies. As a Jew he was imprisoned by the Nazis, miraculously surviving a series of atrocities: Terezín, Auschwitz, a camp near Dachau and a death march. Then, back in Prague after the War, he was accused of ‘formalism’ by the Communists. This first CD of a series reviving Reiner’s music presents the large-scale Concerto he completed just before his internment in Terezín – and first heard, in this live performance, only in 2010 – and three chamber pieces which evolve though echoes of Janácek and Martinu to the brittle humour of the Stravinskyan Verses, one of his last works.

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Cello Concerto: Recorded 2–3 December 2010, Dvorák Hall, Rudolnum, Prague
Recording engineer: Tomoyoshi Esaki, Octavia Records
Sonata brevis, Elegy and Capriccio, Verses: Recorded 20 and 21 June 2011, Yamaha Studio, Fifth Ave., New York
Recording engineer: Joseph Patrych
Editing and Mastering: Tomoyoshi Ezaki, Octavia Records, Japan, and Christoph Süsser
and Bashar Shammout, Arvato Bertelsmann, Germany