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Carl Reinecke: From the Cradle to the Grave; Wind Octet; Wind Sextet - Craig Nordstrom (clarinet); Daniel Katzen (horn); Fenwick Smith (flute); Hugh Hinton (piano); Jonathan Menkis (horn);...
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  1. Octet for flute, oboe, 2 clarinets, 2 horns & 2 bassoons, Op. 216
  2. Von der Wiege bis zum Grabe (From Cradle to Grave), suite for flute & piano, Op. 202 (arr. by Kohler)
  3. Sextet for flute, oboe, clarinet, 2 horns & bassoon, Op. 271
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Aside from skill, soul, and wonderful melodies, the wind chamber music of Carl Reinecke has nothing to offer the listener. And as this splendid 1992 recording re-released by Naxos in 2008 shows, that is more than enough. Performed by members of the Boston Symphony, Reinecke's Wind Octet, Op. 216, and Wind Sextet, Op. 271, are light and airy works with bouncy rhythms, buoyant tempos, warm harmonies, memorable tunes, and an enviable grasp of form and proportion. Used to playing under a conductor, the Boston Symphony musicians ...