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So-Low - Music for low horn by Hermann Neuling, Peter Askim, Tim Martin, Brett Miller, Nathan Pawelek, Carl Nielsen et al. / Denise Tryon, horn; Julie Nishimura, piano

Album Summary

>Neuling, Hermann : Bagatelle, for horn & piano
>Askim, Peter : A Door into the Dark, for horn & piano
>Martin, Tim : Lament, for horn
>Miller, Brett : Hunting Songs, for horn & piano
>Pawelek, Nathan : Irremediable Breakdown, for horn & piano
>Yenque, Dante : Tanguito, for horn
>Nielsen, Carl : Canto serioso, for horn (or cello) & piano, FS 132
>Clearfield, Andrea : River Melos, for horn & piano
>Anonymous : Gummi Polka
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Notes & Reviews:

This fascinating release is performed by low horn virtuoso, Denise Tryon, the fourth hornist of the Philadelphia Orchestra. As a player of fourth horn, Ms. Tryon is an expert in the lowest regions of the French Horn's range, and her disc features newly commissioned compositions that feature this area of the horn's register. Played alongside older works for both solo horn and horn with piano, this recording makes for a most enjoyable sonic journey in colors rarely encountered on the horn. Ms. Tryon's musicality and virtuosity are a pleasure to hear throughout. Yannick Nezet- Sequin, music director of the Philadelphia Orchestra writes that "Denise Tryon's command of the lower register provides the strongest foundation of sound for a horn section, and yet, her sound is supple and flexible."

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Clonick Hall at Oberlin Conservatory (01/09/2015-01/12/2015).



Reviews

Virtuoso performance
A program of music for a solo instrument (unless it's the piano) usually has limited appeal to the general classical music lover. But this release of music for the low horn should really be the exception -- because both the music and the performance are exceptional.

The low horn is part of the French horn family (and part of the horn section of an orchestra), with a range that extends below that of a regular French horn. Denise Tryon is a low horn specialist, and is not only one of the most prominent players of the instrument, but an advocate of music for it.

The majority of the works on So*Low were commissioned by Tryon, and show the low horn (and her abilities) to best advantage. Tryon plays with a warm, smooth delivery that enhances the dark richness of the instrument itself.

The commissioned works are all relatively conservative in their tonality, while being richly inventive in other ways. Brett Miller's "Hunting Songs," for example, turns the concept of triadic hunt calls around, and presents some dramatic and technical challenges for Tryon.

"A Door Into Dark.." by Peter Askim, exploits the lowest register of the horn, and makes the piano an equal partner in the development of the music.

Also included are some standards of the horn repertoire -- Hermann Neuling's "Bagatelle" and Carl Nielsen's "Canto Serioso." Although they're the oldest works on the album, they fit nicely with the more modern selections in style.

I'm sure there are many horn players who recognize Tryon's name and will want to own this recording. But this is more than just a specialty disc. The music and the performances make this a recording I'd recommend to anyone interested in quality chamber music.
Submitted on 12/04/15 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Neuling, Hermann : Bagatelle, for horn & piano
  • Performers: Julie Nishimura (Piano); Denise Tryon (Horn)
  • Notes: Clonick Hall at Oberlin Conservatory (01/09/2015-01/12/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Askim, Peter : A Door into the Dark, for horn & piano
  • Performers: Julie Nishimura (Piano); Denise Tryon (Horn)
  • Notes: Clonick Hall at Oberlin Conservatory (01/09/2015-01/12/2015)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2014

>Martin, Tim : Lament, for horn
  • Performers: Julie Nishimura (Piano); Denise Tryon (Horn)
  • Notes: Clonick Hall at Oberlin Conservatory (01/09/2015-01/12/2015)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Miller, Brett : Hunting Songs, for horn & piano
  • Performers: Julie Nishimura (Piano); Denise Tryon (Horn)
  • Notes: Clonick Hall at Oberlin Conservatory (01/09/2015-01/12/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Pawelek, Nathan : Irremediable Breakdown, for horn & piano
  • Performers: Julie Nishimura (Piano); Denise Tryon (Horn)
  • Notes: Clonick Hall at Oberlin Conservatory (01/09/2015-01/12/2015)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Yenque, Dante : Tanguito, for horn
  • Performers: Julie Nishimura (Piano); Denise Tryon (Horn)
  • Notes: Clonick Hall at Oberlin Conservatory (01/09/2015-01/12/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Nielsen, Carl : Canto serioso, for horn (or cello) & piano, FS 132
  • Performers: Julie Nishimura (Piano); Denise Tryon (Horn)
  • Notes: Clonick Hall at Oberlin Conservatory (01/09/2015-01/12/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913

>Clearfield, Andrea : River Melos, for horn & piano
  • Performers: Julie Nishimura (Piano); Denise Tryon (Horn)
  • Notes: Clonick Hall at Oberlin Conservatory (01/09/2015-01/12/2015)
  • Running Time: 9 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Anonymous : Gummi Polka
  • Performers: Julie Nishimura (Piano); Denise Tryon (Horn)
  • Notes: Clonick Hall at Oberlin Conservatory (01/09/2015-01/12/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 47 sec.