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Horn Concertos - by Telemann, Forster, Jaydn, Beer, Vivaldi, Fick, Reicha, Sperger, Weber, Lortzing, Schumann, Quantz, Mozart, Fiala, Pokorny, Rosetti, R. Strauss et al. / Peter Damm, Andrew Joy, Felix Klieser et al. [10 CDs]

Audio Samples

  1. Horn Concerto in D Major, TWV 51:8: I. Vivace $0.69 on iTunes
  2. Horn Concerto in D Major, TWV 51:8: II. Largo $0.69 on iTunes
  3. Horn Concerto in D Major, TWV 51:8: III. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  4. Horn Concerto in E-Flat Major: I. Con discrezione $0.69 on iTunes
  5. Horn Concerto in E-Flat Major: II. Adagio $0.69 on iTunes
  6. Horn Concerto in E-Flat Major: III. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  7. Sonata da caccia in C Major $0.69 on iTunes
  8. Horn Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Hob. VIId3: I. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  9. Horn Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Hob. VIId3: II. Adagio $0.69 on iTunes
  10. Horn Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Hob. VIId3: III. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  11. Horn Concerto in B-Flat Major: I. Allegro moderato $0.69 on iTunes
  12. Horn Concerto in B-Flat Major: II. Aria $0.69 on iTunes
  13. Horn Concerto in B-Flat Major: III. Menuett $0.69 on iTunes
  14. Horn Concerto in B-Flat Major: IV. Siciliano $0.69 on iTunes
  15. Horn Concerto in B-Flat Major: V. Bourrée $0.69 on iTunes
  16. Horn Concerto in B-Flat Major: VI. Giga $0.69 on iTunes
  17. Concerto No. 2 in F Major, RV 539: I. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  18. Concerto No. 2 in F Major, RV 539: II. Larghetto $0.69 on iTunes
  19. Concerto No. 2 in F Major, RV 539: III. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  20. Horn Concerto in E-Flat Major: I. Allegro moderato $0.69 on iTunes
  21. Horn Concerto in E-Flat Major: II. Larghetto $0.69 on iTunes
  22. Horn Concerto in E-Flat Major: III. Allegro ma non troppo $0.69 on iTunes
  23. Concerto concertant in E-Flat Major, Op. 3: I. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  24. Concerto concertant in E-Flat Major, Op. 3: II. Romance. Cantabile $0.69 on iTunes
  25. Concerto concertant in E-Flat Major, Op. 3: III. Rondeau. Allegretto $0.69 on iTunes
  26. Concerto in E-Flat Major: I. Allegro maestoso
  27. Concerto in E-Flat Major: II. Romanze. Adagio $0.69 on iTunes
  28. Concerto in E-Flat Major: III. Rondo. Allegro moderato $0.69 on iTunes
  29. Concertino in E Minor, Op. 45
  30. Konzertstück in E Major
  31. Morceau de concert in F Minor, Op. 94 $0.69 on iTunes
  32. Konzertstück in F Major, Op. 86: I. Lebhaft $0.69 on iTunes
  33. Konzertstück in F Major, Op. 86: II. Romanze $0.69 on iTunes
  34. Konzertstück in F Major, Op. 86: III. Sehr lebhaft $0.69 on iTunes
  35. Concerto in E-Flat Major: I. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  36. Concerto in E-Flat Major: II. Siciliano. Larghetto $0.69 on iTunes
  37. Concerto in E-Flat Major: III. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  38. Caprice in F Major: I. Staccato e forte - Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  39. Caprice in F Major: II. Allemande $0.69 on iTunes
  40. Caprice in F Major: III. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  41. Caprice in F Major: IV. Menuett - Trio I - Trio II $0.69 on iTunes
  42. Concerto for 2 Horns in F Major, S. 231: I. Vivace $0.69 on iTunes
  43. Concerto for 2 Horns in F Major, S. 231: II. Arioso $0.69 on iTunes
  44. Concerto for 2 Horns in F Major, S. 231: III. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  45. Concerto for 2 Horns in D Major, TWV 52:D2: I. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  46. Concerto for 2 Horns in D Major, TWV 52:D2: II. Adagio - Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  47. Concerto for 2 Horns in D Major, TWV 52:D2: III. Largo $0.69 on iTunes
  48. Concerto for 2 Horns in D Major, TWV 52:D2: IV Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  49. Concerto in D Major, FaWV L:D18: I. Allegro $0.69 on iTunes
  50. Concerto in D Major, FaWV L:D18: II. Andante $0.69 on iTunes

Notes & Reviews:

An instrument in evolution, today's French horn bears little resemblance to the horns of the past. Even before it was first used in classical music, the horn was frequently found in religious ceremonies as a useful way of calling people to prayer, and of course played a vital role on the hunting field. Since then, the instrument has undergone vast transformation, the most important being the addition of valves, allowing players access to all notes rather than just the natural ones. The Baroque period saw a flurry of composers adding horn concertos to their repertoire, often in a group with other instruments. Telemann wrote several concertos and overtures that feature the horn. His Italian contemporary Vivaldi wrote two concertos for two horns, the second of which features here. Other lesser-known composers are also represented: the horn player Peter Damm has discovered and now champions neglected pieces for the horn repertoire, including concertos by Peter Johann Fick and Christoph Frster, who were both active in the first half of the 18th century. Their German contemporaries include Johann Friedrich Fasch, Johann David Heinichen and Johann Joachim Quantz, all of whom wrote a great quantity of horn music. Jan Dismas Zelenka, a Bohemian composer active in the same period, would later be championed by Smetana. His Caprice in F for two horns includes some playful writing between the two solo instruments. Another Bohemian composer, Franz Anton Rsler - who would later Italianize his name to Francesco Antonio Rosetti - composed several horn concertos, and CD 9 is given over entirely to these. He inspired none other than Mozart (found on CD6), possibly the most famous composer of horn concertos, whose highly idiomatic writing for the instrument has never been surpassed. Mozart's contemporary Haydn also finds a place, with his Concerto No.1 featured alongside a spurious Concerto No.2 generally attributed to the composer. Michael Haydn's Horn Concerto has received more attention recently, and is certainly no pale imitation of that of his older brother, beginning as it does with an unusual slow movement. In the Romantic period, Carl Maria von Weber was the first to imbue the horn concerto with the spirit of the period, in his Concertino in E minor. He was followed by Schumann, who composed his technically demanding Konzertstck a few months after the Adagio and Allegro Op.70. Richard Strauss did not shy away from challenging repertoire; both of his horn concertos ask much of their soloist. Lesser-known Othmar Schoeck and Hans Georg Pflger, both active in the 20th century, make up the last portion of this release, demonstrating why the renewed attention they currently command is very deserving. This set features some of the biggest names of the horn world: Peter Damm is present not only as a performer but also as arranger. Australian hornist Andrew Joy is a very highly regarded performer; among others, he plays Pflger's concerto, which he himself premiered in 1986. The young player Felix Klieser is an extraordinary musician; having been born without arms, he plays with his toes, on this album of music by Haydn and Mozart described as 'remarkable' by Gramophone magazine. Czech brothers Zdenek and Bedrich Tyslar are well known in their homeland for championing neglected Czech music; characteristically eastern European, they play on modern double valve horns, allowing for a superbly focused sound.



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