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The London Horn Sound / Simon, London Horns

Album Summary

>Horner, James : Titanic Fantasy for horn ensemble
>Rossini, Gioachino : La Danza
>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Hänsel und Gretel
>Abreu, Zequinha De : Tico-Tico no Fuba,ÿ for voice & ensemble
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Horn no 4 in E flat major, K 495
>Berlioz, Hector : Le carnaval romain (Roman Carnival Overture), ouverture catacteristique for orchestra, H.95 (Op. 9)
>Carmichael, Hoagy : Stardust
>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon
>Heusen, James Van : Carnival in Flanders
>Glinka, Mikhail : Ruslan and Lyudmila
>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde
>Mercury, Freddie : Bohemian Rhapsody
>Ellington, Duke : Caravan
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Notes & Reviews:

"Cala's acclaimed "London Sound Series" was a neat idea hatched several years ago by conductor and Cala artistic director Geoffrey Simon. Why not gather together all the best players on a given instrument, drawn from London's richly endowed orchestra community, write some arrangements both of characteristic classical repertoire and more unusual pieces, all of which would be designed to challenge the players and offer listeners something truly unique?... Horns, which on this recording also include a few Wagner tubas, definitely make the grade, assisted by arrangements that show off not only the varied sonic and technical capacities of the instruments, but also the dazzling virtuoso abilities of these 32 fearless musicians... the real fun begins with Rossini's La Danza, Abreu's Tico-Tico, the "Rondo" from Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-flat, and a phenomenal rendition of Berlioz's Roman Carnival Overture. There's much more, some beautiful (jazz standard "Here's that rainy day", Humperdinck's "Evening Prayer" from Hansel and Gretel), some dense and luscious (Wagner's Tristan Prelude), some fiendish and fancy (Handel's Arrival of the Queen of Sheba and Glinka's Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla), and some not so great (Freddie Mercury's "Bohemian Rhapsody"). The closing, Duke Ellington's Caravan, is a stunner. So is the sound." -Classics Today (9/10)



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Works Details

>Horner, James : Titanic Fantasy for horn ensemble
  • Performers: Stephen Henderson (Percussion); Stephen Henderson (Timpani)
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Simon
  • Notes: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, Abbey Road Studio One, London, England (01/11/1999-01/13/1999)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Rossini, Gioachino : La Danza
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Simon
  • Notes: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, Abbey Road Studio One, London, England (01/11/1999-01/13/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1830-1835

>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Hänsel und Gretel :: Evening Prayer
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Simon
  • Notes: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, Abbey Road Studio One, London, England (01/11/1999-01/13/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1893

>Abreu, Zequinha De : Tico-Tico no Fubá, for voice & ensemble
  • Performers: Stephen Henderson (Percussion); Stephen Henderson (Timpani)
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Simon
  • Notes: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, Abbey Road Studio One, London, England (01/11/1999-01/13/1999)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Horn no 4 in E flat major, K 495 :: Rondo
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Simon
  • Notes: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, Abbey Road Studio One, London, England (01/11/1999-01/13/1999)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1786

>Berlioz, Hector : Le carnaval romain (Roman Carnival Overture), ouverture catactéristique for orchestra, H.95 (Op. 9)
  • Performers: William Lockhart (Timpani); Frank Ricotti (Percussion); Gary Kettel (Percussion)
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Simon
  • Notes: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, Abbey Road Studio One, London, England (01/11/1999-01/13/1999)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 01/1844

>Carmichael, Hoagy : Stardust
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Simon
  • Notes: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, Abbey Road Studio One, London, England (01/11/1999-01/13/1999)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927

>Handel, George Frideric : Solomon :: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Simon
  • Notes: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, Abbey Road Studio One, London, England (01/11/1999-01/13/1999)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1748

>Heusen, James Van : Carnival in Flanders
  • Performer: Peter Saberton (Piano)
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Simon
  • Notes: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, Abbey Road Studio One, London, England (01/11/1999-01/13/1999)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Glinka, Mikhail : Ruslan and Lyudmila :: Ruslan and Ludmilla, G. xivov
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Simon
  • Notes: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, Abbey Road Studio One, London, England (01/11/1999-01/13/1999)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837-1842

>Wagner, Richard : Tristan und Isolde :: Prelude
  • Performer: William Lockhart (Timpani)
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Simon
  • Notes: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, Abbey Road Studio One, London, England (01/11/1999-01/13/1999)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1857-1859

>Mercury, Freddie : Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Performer: Peter Saberton (Piano)
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Simon
  • Notes: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, Abbey Road Studio One, London, England (01/11/1999-01/13/1999)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ellington, Duke : Caravan
  • Performer: Peter Saberton (Piano)
  • Conductor: Geoffrey Simon
  • Notes: All Hallows Church, Gospel Oak, London, Abbey Road Studio One, London, England (01/11/1999-01/13/1999)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936