JOSEF RHEINBERGER (1839-1901): Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet in F, Op. 191b, Nonet for Wind Quintet, String Trio and Double Bass in E Flat, Op. 139.
Catalogue Number: 11J059
Reference: 301 1453-2
Description: These are both arrangements, the sextet (1884) of an 1861 octet and the nonet an 1899 revision of the composer's last work, a piano trio of the previous year. Although one is the product of his very difficult late years when his living situation had deteriorated, the remarkable thing about both is their utterly unruffled geniality and sense of joie de vivre (as a German journal put it in the case of the nonet, "clear and bright from beginning to end." Consortium Classicum.