Monday, November 7, 2016

Eggert, Joachim Nikolas. (1779-1813) Orchestral Work. World Premiere Recordings. Vol. 1.

From my collection.
Bought in October 2015.
First listen: 27-10-2015.
Second listen: 16-12-2015.
Third listen: 6-11-2016.
Label: Naxos.
Recording dates: November 2009 & October 2015.
Recording venue: Gavle Concert Hall, Sweden.
Recording engineer: Sean Lewis.
Running time: 66:20.
Classical relevance: Important enough.

Works performed:

Mohrene. (The Moors in Spain) Incidental Music, Overture.
Svante Sture, Incidental Music. (1812)
Symphony No. 1 in C major. (c.1804-05)
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major. (1807)

Performed by: 

Gavle SO, Gerard Korsten.

Eggert is a transitional composer. You can hear a avalanche of different composers in his music, like Haydn Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and even Schumann, still he retains such a unique voice, that it baffles me at times. What he has to say is startling and evocative. He shows himself to be a composer with a forceful drive behind his writing and quite a talent for orchestrating in a somewhat unusual way. He has a distinct liking for percussion and march like themes, not superficial ones, but superb written. His melodies are firm and strong and foreshadowing many composers to come. Eggert's boldness stands out more as say Beethoven, which goes to show that Eggert deserves a place among them. In other words, you cannot bypass Eggert, he is a force to be reckoned with, for he is a vital piece of the musical heritage. 

The most striking piece must be the Third Symphony, which is vigorous, bold, energetic, colourful, and some excellent string writing is making this a piece to remember, although the third movement will stay forever in my mind. A massive Fugue, masterfully done. This came as a big surprise, and it alone warrants the purchase of this disc. There are no fixed melodies throughout his work, for he is changing the tune every 30 seconds and never or seldom repeats anything, so alert you must be. The first Symphony has a bit more Haydn and early Beethoven on board. again very originally scored, with a clever use of timpani, very effective, "(first movement). As said he likes marches and the timpani at the same time which you will hear frequently. Melodies are always cleverly applied.
The Moors in Spain-Overture is a short but well thought out beginning of this disc.
Svante Sture, is not of much consequence, apart from a few movements like Marche and Chorale. This works suffers, because it is taken out of the context. Still some nice moments with fine brass writing.
The recording by Sean Lewis, a man of years of experience, is excellent.  A good front to back image, with plenty of detail and a lot of punch. The performance is superb.



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