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Mozart: Horn Concertos; Horn Quintet / Pip Eastop, natural horn; Eroica Quartet; The Hanover Band; Halstead

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Horn no 2 in E flat major, K 417
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Horn no 4 in E flat major, K 495
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Horn no 3 in E flat major, K 447
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Horn no 1 in D major, K 412 (386b)
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quintet for Horn and Strings in E flat major, K 407 (386c)
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine, March 2015
Even those who know these concertos quite well will find much to surprise here...Not least, where most players of the natural horn seek to minimise the difference in tone of those pitches that can only be got out of the instrument by hand-stopping and tricks of breathing, Pip Eastop positively flaunts them...Crisp playing by The Hanover Band under Halstead.

Financial Times, 24th January 2015
Pip Eastop plays on a modern copy of an 1830 natural horn with an astonishing variety of noises at his command.

Gramophone Magazine, January 2015
You would to go a long way to hear such a refined legato line as Eastop achieves. With lucid input from The Hanover Band and from the Eroica Quartet in the Quintet, these performances have a musical integrity over and above historical interest.

Mozart's Horn Concertos are perhaps the most popular works ever written for the instrument. This album presents all the works Mozart wrote for his lifelong friend, horn player Joseph Leutgeb, who was one of the foremost players of his day. In these five works Mozart captures the public persona of an instrument most readily associated with all things hunting, but he also brings it indoors: lyrical episodes, and especially the slow movements, show the very soul of the instrument. Natural horn player Pip Eastop's technical ability and musical inventiveness are palpable in these hugely enjoyable renditions. He is accompanied by the Eroica Quartet and The Hanover Band led by Anthony Halstead (who has also provided an ending for the unfinished K417, Horn Concerto No 2 in E flat major).



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Horn no 2 in E flat major, K 417
  • Performers: Phillip Eastop (Horn); Phillip Eastop (Natural Horn)
  • Conductor: Anthony Halstead
  • Ensemble: The Hanover Band
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (10/15/2013-10/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1783

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Horn no 4 in E flat major, K 495
  • Performers: Phillip Eastop (Horn); Phillip Eastop (Natural Horn)
  • Conductor: Anthony Halstead
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (10/15/2013-10/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1786

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Horn no 3 in E flat major, K 447
  • Performers: Phillip Eastop (Horn); Phillip Eastop (Natural Horn)
  • Conductor: Anthony Halstead
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (10/15/2013-10/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1783

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Horn no 1 in D major, K 412 (386b)
  • Performers: Phillip Eastop (Horn); Phillip Eastop (Natural Horn)
  • Conductor: Anthony Halstead
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (10/15/2013-10/18/2013)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1782

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quintet for Horn and Strings in E flat major, K 407 (386c)
  • Performers: Phillip Eastop (Horn); Phillip Eastop (Natural Horn)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1782.
  • Running Time: 16 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1782