Two fairy-tale compositions by Carl Reinecke that could hardly be more different are heard on this CD: Aschenbrödel (Cinderella) is scored for two solo voices, vocal ensemble, speaker, and piano, while Das Märchen vom Schweinhirten (The Tale of the Swineherd) manages entirely without voice parts: the story is told exclusively in the form of music for piano four hands. These circumstances mean that each composition has its own fundamentally different musical style. The vocal music is of romantic character; here the song form lends its shape to the individual musikal numbers. By contrast, the piano music of the Schweinhirt evokes the nineteenth-century middle-class tradition of arrangements for piano four hands of symphonic works by the classical composers, whose symphonies and overtures could be performed in the home and in this way become more familiar. In Aschenbrödel the listener gains an insight into the inner life of the main character, and the music is romantic through and through. Reinecke’s decision to do without the human voice in the Schweinhirt led him to select stylistic means from the classical era embodying an ideal more than an individual human being.