Notes & Reviews:
On their latest CD, the Linos Ensemble offer new discoveries and rewarding additions to the chamber repertoire: works by Friedrich Kalkbrenner (1785-1849), reputed to be one of the most gifted pianists of his time. The piano, played here by Konstanze Eickhorst, plays a leading role in both the sextet and septet, and both chamber works in large part offer an enormous wealth of tone colors and manifold opportunities for register shifts. They are complemented by his fantasy for piano on the Scottish song “We're A' Noddin” (1823), in which he expresses his romantic enthusiasm for Scotland.
American Record Guide, March/April 2015
The performances are first-rate. The Linos ensemble is a chamber music society with a staff of excellent players specializing in works with unusual instrumentation. They were formed in 1977 - can't tell where, but their website is in German. They have a lovely, warm sound, perfect ensemble and give Kalkbrenner as fine an advocacy as he's likely to get. Pianist Konstanze Eickhorst is, of course, at center stage, and performs beautifully, never making the music a parody of itself and playing with sparkle and flair. Recommended for lovers of early romantic music.
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