Notes and Editorial Reviews
No. 1 in D; No. 2 in G; No. 3 in d; No. 4 in D; No. 5 in C; No. 6 in g
ACCENT 24183 (57:02)
Ernst Eichner (1740–1772) was one of those unfortunate shatter-belt composers. Linked with the Mannheim School, he was quite famous in his time, but then sank into oblivion. Why? Because, I contend, he was practicing during a moment when style was in flux. He was, alas, an exponent of the
school which remained, as far as musical history is concerned, for about 15 minutes. J. C. Bach was its most successful practitioner, and Mozart, who elevated it beyond anyone’s dreams, was his extraordinarily talented devotee. And then there were Haydn and Beethoven, thrusting the musical world into a whole new universe.
Having said all this, is there any need to hear this music? I contend yes. It is reflective of its long bygone age—singing of comfort and civility as it bathes the ear in moments of musical elegance where moments of drama are to be savored from the safety of our respective armchairs.
These performances by Il Gardellino are excellent—attuned to the natural ebb and flow of the music and captured in fine sound.
FANFARE: William Zagorski
Works on This Recording
Quartets (6) for Flute and Strings, Op. 4 by Ernst Eichner
Mika Akiha (Viola),
Claire Giardelli (Cello),
Jan De Winne (Flute),
Ryo Terakado (Violin)
Written: by 1772
Venue: Mennonite Community Church, Haarlem
Length: 57 Minutes 2 Secs.
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