Antonin Reicha: Piano Trios op. 101/1-3
Guarneri Trio Prague
I'm in Reicha discovery mode these days. It began with the E flat symphony, went on to encompass the wind quintets, continued yesterday with the octet for winds and string quartet, and today involves these wonderful piano trios. What a life Reicha lived (well worthy of film treatment as I've heard said), and such a huge musical output! Everything I've heard has at the very least been attractive, highly accomplished, melodically inventive, and often quirkily shot through with Haydnesque humour. These piano trios are on a different level, though: while still displaying all his usual traits, these are substantial works (far from light and frivolous), with all the instruments sharing the musical content on an equal footing.
I think I'm becoming a Reicha fan.