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Eggert: Symphonies Nos 1 & 3; Incidental Music to Svante Sture

Eggert / Gavle Symphony Orchestra / Korsten
Release Date: 10/09/2015 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572457   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Joachim Nikolas Eggert
Conductor:  Gerard Korsten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gavle Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There are few things in music more exhilarating than a cleverly worked-out, quick orchestral fugue. Successful ones are rare. When the catchy and humorous second subject of the finale of Eggert’s First Symphony (1804-5) takes off on a contrapuntal chase, you might be forgiven for thinking, “Oh no, not again!” But have no fear. Eggert knows what he is doing (sound clip). His astonishingly virtuosic scoring and control of texture not only preserves the music’s humor and spirit, it actually enhances it. Even the bass drum contributes a solo. Yes, you heard that right–the bass drum–and in a symphony roughly contemporary with Beethoven’s “Eroica.”

Joachim Eggert (1779-1813) clearly was a progressive, and his imaginative use of
Read more percussion throughout the work is just one piece of evidence for this. He was also a contrapuntist of great ease and naturalness. Three of the finales of his four symphonies contain fugues, demonstrating not just compositional skill but also his concern for balance between the individual movements. Indeed, the finale of the Third Symphony is nothing else but a fugue, and the structure of the work–three movements, including a very expansive opening and brief central march–is quite unconventional but wholly convincing nonetheless.

If the overture to The Moors in Spain reminds us a bit of Mozart’s Seraglio, it’s none the worse for that, while the incidental music to Svante Sture, in eight short movements, obviously gives Eggert less time to work his orchestral magic, but it’s pleasant listening all the same. Obviously the symphonies are the main items, and wonderful pieces they are. Gérard Korsten plays them with proprietary relish, and the orchestra responds enthusiastically to his leadership. This is an important release of really first-rate classical music, happily quite well recorded. You owe it to yourself to hear it.

– ClassicsToday (David Hurwitz) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Morerna i Spanien: Overture by Joachim Nikolas Eggert
Conductor:  Gerard Korsten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gavle Symphony Orchestra
2.
Symphony No. 3 in E Flat Major by Joachim Nikolas Eggert
Conductor:  Gerard Korsten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gavle Symphony Orchestra
3.
Svant Sture och Marta Lejonhufvud by Joachim Nikolas Eggert
Conductor:  Gerard Korsten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gavle Symphony Orchestra
4.
Symphony No. 1 in C Major by Joachim Nikolas Eggert
Conductor:  Gerard Korsten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gavle Symphony Orchestra

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Very enjoyable! June 27, 2018 By James Carleton (Port Hueneme, CA) See All My Reviews "I bought this CD pretty-much on the "Oh, what the heck!" level. When my package arrived, this is the first CD I played, and I was instantly taken by the bouncy overture that opens the program. The rest of the CD was just as nice: nothing spectacular in here, but all of it is well worked-out, with some wonderful themes, the occasional interesting harmony and some sparkling orchestration. OK, so it isn't Mozart: who is? This will be a CD which (as my CD of Franz Beck symphonies) I'll play when I don't want something as weighty as Beethoven, just some music that is good on its own merits." Report Abuse
 Excellent! June 4, 2016 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "Joachim Nikolas Eggert produced 4 symphonies, two of which (#1 and #3) are on this new Naxos CD, which has 'Listen To Me!' written all over it. If you like fresh, effervescent music from the late classical period, this recording is for you! Conductor Gerard Korsten leads the excellent Gavle Symphony Orchestra from Sweden on an up-tempo, optimistic, and above all enjoyable musical tour through Eggert's odd-numbered symphonies, plus some incidental stage music and a sprightly overture. It didn't take long for me to become strongly attracted to this music, and I think the same thing is likely to happen to any other listener. Eggert's orchestral music deserves a wider exposure, and we are lucky that Naxos sees it this way as well. Great program, top notch performance. I give it a strong recommendation." Report Abuse
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