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Anton Reicha, a contemporary of Beethoven’s and a Czech forebear to Dvořák, achieved considerable renown in his lifetime as a composer, theorist, and pedagogue. Reicha’s Clarinet Quintet demonstrates a winning Classical sensibility and a keen melodic imagination worthy of his most prominent contemporaries. The curiously appealing Concertino, by Dvořák’s compatriot and contemporary Leoš Janáček, is followed by Dohnányi’s Piano Quintet, a celebration of the Romantic legacy of Brahms and Schumann and a descendant of the quintets of Schumann, Brahms, and Dvořák.