Of the romantic sonata "Undine"
Carl Reinecke was born in Altona near Hamburg. His father, also a musician and respected educator, gave him a thorough and versatile musical education. A grant from the Danish King Christian VIII. enabled Carl Reinecke in 1843-1846 to study the piano and composition at the Conservatory in Leipzig. The former Gewandhaus Kapellmeister Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy allowed him to give public appearances. During this time, Reinecke got to know Robert Schumann. Schumann was the main source of inspiration for the rest of his life. From 1846 - 1848 Reinecke was the Pianist for the Danish King Christian VIII. But in 1848 he had to return to Leipzig due to the political events in Denmark. In 1860, Reinecke was appointed as the conductor of the Gewandhauskonzerte in Leipzig. There, he played an influential role as piano and composition teacher until his death. He was also a painter, poet and author of books and essays on music.
The Undine Sonata is based on the fairy tale of the same name in 1811 by Baron Friedrich de la Motte Fouque. The soft, melancholic key of E-minor creates a magical romantic mood for a water nymph who will only be given a soul if she conceives a child with a man. This sonata is one of the few rare romantic masterpieces for transverse flute and proves Reinecke's profound knowledge of the instrument.
Piano: Swetlana Emeljanowa