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Joachim Nikolas Eggert: Symphonies Nos. 2 And 4

Eggert / Gavle Symphony Orchestra / Korsten
Release Date: 12/11/2015 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573378   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Joachim Nicolas Eggert
Conductor:  Gerard Korsten
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Works on This Recording

Symphony No. 4 in C minor by Joachim Nicolas Eggert
Conductor:  Gerard Korsten
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1810 
Venue:  Gävle Concert Hall, Sweden 
Length: 33 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Symphony No. 2 in G minor by Joachim Nicolas Eggert
Conductor:  Gerard Korsten
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1806 
Venue:  Gävle Concert Hall, Sweden 
Length: 31 Minutes 21 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Masterful works August 18, 2016 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "If Joseph Martin Kraus (1758-1792) is known as the "Swedish Mozart," it might seem logical to consider his successor, Joachim Nikolas Eggert (1779-1813), the "Swedish Schubert." While there's a strong stylistic resemblance between Schubert and Eggert, to my ears Eggert's music more closely resembles Beethoven's. That's not surprising. Eggert was a forward-looking composer and music director. He introduced several of Beethoven's important works to the Swedish court, sometimes shortly after their Viennese premiere. Like Schubert, Eggert used Beethoven as a starting point, rather than a model. Symphony No. 2 was premiered in 1806 and reminds me somewhat of Schubert's earliest symphonies (written in 1813-14). While there's a certain Haydnesque elegance to the work and a healthy dose of Beethovenian drama, it's a symphony that still looks ahead, rather than behind. The same is true of Eggert's last completed symphony, No. 4 "War and Peace." It was written in 1810 after Sweden had lost her conflict with Napoleon. Eggert's symphony has stormy sections (especially at the beginning), yet ultimately resolves peaceably. While Eggert didn't quite have Schubert's melodic gift, the themes easily flow one to another in a Schubertian fashion. For those who love Beethoven and Schubert, I highly recommend Eggert. You'll find stylistically he fits neatly between those two giants." Report Abuse
 Gem of a Recording May 28, 2016 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "German-born but professionally active in early 19th century Sweden, Joachim Nikolas Eggert produced 4 excellent symphonies, two of which appear on this Naxos CD. There are resemblances to Haydn and perhaps Schubert in Eggert's works (although he clearly preceded the latter). At the same time, a distinctive personal style with dramatically emphatic flourishes amid deliberately soft passages is certainly in evidence. A prime example is the remarkable Adagio from the 4th Symphony, an intimate wind melody rudely interrupted by percussion and a blaring military style march- all this assessed to reflect the political unrest in Sweden at the time. I think it is fair to say that Eggert combined the attractiveness of the classical symphony with elements of invention and experimentation that would lead into the Romantic era of the 19th century. Magnificently performed by the Gavle Symphony Orchestra, these works are a fresh and invigorating look at the symphonic structure that Haydn and Mozart had brought to a peak. Outstanding recording, one that I can easily recommend." Report Abuse
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