Dark Fire - Eijlander

Dark Fire - Eijlander

trptk  TTK0056

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Instrumental

Saygun: Partita for solo cello, Op. 31
Cassadó: Suite for solo cello, Lamento de Boabdil, Requiebros
Tsintsadze: Toccata, 5 Pieces on Folk Themes
Trad.: Sari Gelin, Hicherier Jorgelook

Joachim Eijlander (cello)

Philosopher Martin Heidegger (1889–1976) described the encounter between the organised philosophical world of the ancient Greek and the mystical, abstruse world of the East as a dark fire. This would have caused the enlightenment in Greek poetry. It’s unclear what Heidegger really thought about it, but I found the mental image of a dark fire lit by this chance meeting beautiful and highly inspiring. For Heidegger, this was mainly about the East and West, but to me it’s about an encounter with the realms of other people’s experience, principally those of musicians. When two energies meet for the first time and are fully open to the experience, a new mirror image of themselves they have never seen before will arise.

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Review by Mark Werlin - May 2, 2021

At a time when many classical music labels have discontinued issuing their productions on SACD, relying instead on a niche market of DSD and hi-res download purchasers (such as myself), and the algorithms of streaming services, TRPTK is bucking the trend.

The Utrecht-based label has previously released more than 40 albums of classical, jazz and genre-defying contemporary music, recorded by label owner Brendon Heinst in DXD with state-of-the-art microphones and electronics—but only as downloads and CDs. Starting in 2021, TRPTK has begun releasing some its classical music albums on multichannel hybrid SACDs, including Schumann: Piano Works, Vol. 1 - van Poucke, favorably reviewed by Adrian Quanjer.

My own recent reviews of “Dark Fire”, and two other TRPTK albums not available on SACD, can be read on NativeDSD:

In lieu of repeating myself; I can enthusiastically recommend this programme of solo and duet works for cello, and will share some brief comments.

Joachim Eijlander, a concert artist and professor of music in The Netherlands, ably performs works by Spanish composer-cellist Gaspar Cassadó, his popular “Suite for Solo Cello” and duets for cello and guitar, and pieces by Turkish composer Ahmed Adnan Saygun and Georgian composer-cellist Sulkhan Tsintsadze. Accompanied on the duet works by guitar, duduk (a reed instrument of Armenian origin), piano, and accordion, Eijlander leads a tour of the less-traveled byways of early 20th century music.

The acoustic of Westvest90 Church in Schiedam is vividly captured through skillful positioning of the players and careful microphone placement by engineer Brendon Heinst. Most of TRPTK’s productions are of small ensembles, solo and duo performers, for which Heinst has developed a distinctive “house sound” based on an omnidirectional array of DPA microphones.

Once you hear the superb musicianship of Eijlander and his colleagues on this album, and that of the other talented Dutch and Netherlands-resident musicians on TRPTK’s new releases, you might need to create some space in your record shelf, in between Triton and Tudor.

Copyright © 2021 Mark Werlin and


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Comments (3)

Comment by Adrian Quanjer - May 3, 2021 (1 of 3)

In his review, Mark used the correct spelling of the Dutch cellist Joachim Eijlander (instead of Joachim Agelander). Some Dutch spelling combinations like putting i and j together may look strange but are nonetheless correct.

Comment by hiredfox - May 4, 2021 (2 of 3)

The Dutch have led the way on SACD for many years.

Comment by Mark Werlin - May 9, 2021 (3 of 3)

In a recent livestreamed release party for This is not a lullaby - Malkin, Belogurov, Fridman, Brendon Heinst said that the immersive quality of MCH was one of the reasons he decided to release the newest TRPTK productions on SACD. Even in stereo, TRPTK albums are very spacious-sounding.