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Lawrence Hansen
American Record Guide, November 2015

The performances are lively and crisp and as expressive as the music will allow. …Recorded sound is excellent. There’s clarity, definition, and firmness to the orchestral tone, with Mr. Eichhorn’s playing, now sweet and caressing, now sterner and intense, nicely integrated into the overall sound picture. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Stephen Francis Vasta
MusicWeb International, July 2015

The three concertos on offer fall gratefully on the ear; as performed here, they’re also quite engaging.

Conductor Nicolás Pasquet projects the fast tuttis with a taut drive and a volatility that, not inappropriately, suggests Beethoven; and he phrases the lyrical passages expressively within the core pulse. The Jena Philharmonic is clearly one of Europe’s stronger second-tier orchestras. The string playing is trim and precise; the ensemble sonority is full-bodied, and the tuttis are clean. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Duncan Druce
Gramophone, July 2015

The Ninth Concerto[’s]…first movement is most effective, and the highly ornamented Cavatina gives a splendid idea of Rode’s expressive style as a player. Eichhorn plays this, and the cantabile music generally, very lightly… © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, July 2015

…if Rode’s concertos must be played, I can think of no violinist better suited to the task than Friedemann Eichhorn. With truly awesome right-hand technique, bow control, and tonal allure, he vanquishes the daunting challenges of these works, seemingly without breaking a sweat. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Brian Wigman
Classical Net, April 2015

…there’s nothing wrong with a disc that simply provides an hour and a quarter of beautiful music. The Jena Philharmonic Orchestra plays well, and Pasquet clearly cares as much for his duties as Eichhorn does about his. The sound is very good…making this a series worth exploring. © 2015 Classical Net Read complete review



Bob McQuiston
Classical Lost and Found, March 2015

RODE, P.: Violin Concertos Nos. 1, 5 and 9 (Eichhorn, Jena Philharmonic, Pasquet) 8.572755
RODE, P.: Violin Concertos Nos. 3, 4 and 6 (Eichhorn, Jena Philharmonic, Pasquet) 8.570767
RODE, P.: Violin Concertos Nos. 7, 10, 13 (Eichhorn, SWR Kaiserslautern Orchestra, Pasquet) 8.570469

For many these releases will be their first introduction to German violinist Friedemann Eichhorn. And none too soon as his magnificent playing shows he’s worthy of much wider recognition as one of today’s finest up-and-coming artists. An incredible virtuoso, he only uses his prodigious technique in service to the music.

That along with the stunning support provided by Uruguayan-born, German-trained conductor Nicolás Pasquet should give these forgotten concerti a new lease on life. Maestro Pasquet gets superb performances from the Kaiserlautern Southwest German Radio (SWR) and Jena Philharmonic Orchestras. © 2015 Classical Lost and Found Read complete review




Remy Franck
Pizzicato, March 2015

Pierre Rode is one composer who undoubtedly should not have been forgotten. It’s a shame that his violin concertos do not belong to the repertoire. So, let’s be happy that Friedemann Eichhorn took the initiative to make these attractive world premiere recordings. © 2015 Pizzicato



David Denton
David's Review Corner, January 2015

Make no mistake, Friedmann Eichhorn is one of the most remarkably gifted violinists of our time, a fact made clear by this cycle of Pierre Rode’s concertos. Born in Bordeaux in 1774, Rode’s life as a touring virtuoso violinist was of mixed fortunes, eventually dying in obscurity at the age of fifty-six. As a composer he wrote almost exclusively for the violin, including thirteen concertos, though all budding students of the instrument will recognise his name for his pieces to develop technique. The Seventh concerto found a place in the repertoire well into the early 20th century, but all others had already been long forgotten. Yet this disc is full of those audience pleasing melodies that you will find in Paganini’s popular concertos, the mix of lyric attractions, with outrageous demonstrations of virtuosity made all the more demanding by Rode’s mercurial decoration of the melody. All three works on the present release require extensive use of spiccato, and I have never heard such micro-second accuracy as Eichhorn achieves, each note sparkling like a perfectly cut diamond. Then for aspiring virtuosos, just try that at Eichhorn’s pianissimos and then you will have perfect bow control. Never sounding hurried, his tempos are still electrifying, and just to add a final degree of brilliance, Eichhorn provides more technical hurdles with his own cadenzas that are perfectly in keeping with Rode’s style. © 2015 David’s Review Corner





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