Horn Concertos

Horn Concertos
Artist various artists
Format 10 CD
Cat. number 95412
EAN code 5028421954127
Release March 2017

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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. Its first recorded usage comes around the end of the 16th century, when Cavalli's opera Le nozze di Teti e di Peleo calls for a 'chiamata alla caccia'. However, it did not appear as a solo concerto instrument until years later; one of the first examples is an anonymous Sonata da caccia, included on this release, with the horn playing hunt-like motives in a concertante relationship alongside strings and continuo.

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 Förster, 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 Rösler – who would later Italianise his name to Francesco Antonio Rosetti – composed several horn concertos, and CD9 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 Konzertstück 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 Pflüger, both active in the 20th century, make up the last CD of this set, 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 Pflüger'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 CD of music by Haydn and Mozart described as 'remarkable' by Gramophone magazine. Czech brothers Zdeněk and Bedřich 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.

This 10CD box is unique in featuring not only the best of horn repertoire but also those unjustly neglected pieces that deserve to be rediscovered. Amateurs and aficionados alike will be highly satisfied with this set.

An extensive collection of horn concertos from several centuries. This set includes horn concertos by Telemann, Förster, Haydn, Beer, Vivaldi, Quantz, Zelenka, Heinichen, Fick, Reicha, Sperger, Von Weber, Saint-Saëns, Schumann, Lortzing, Fasch, Mozart, Fiala, Pokorny, Rosetti, R. Strauss, Schoeck, Pflüger: a true “Cornucopia”!
The horn as a musical instrument has developed considerably since its first use many centuries ago, when man blew on animal horns as signal or ritual. The many technical improvements led to the use of the horn as a versatile solo instrument in the baroque: its festive and jubilant character could be set off against a smooth and dolce cantabile.
Excellent performances by a.o. Peter Damm, Felix Klieser, Herman Jeurissen.
The booklet contains new liner notes, written by Philip Borg-Wheeler specially for this release.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Horn Concerto in D Major, TW V51:D8: I. Vivace
  2. Horn Concerto in D Major, TW V51:D8: II. Largo
  3. Horn Concerto in D Major, TW V51:D8: III. Allegro
  4. Horn Concerto in E-Flat Major: I. Con discrezione
  5. Horn Concerto in E-Flat Major: II. Adagio
  6. Horn Concerto in E-Flat Major: III. Allegro
  7. Sonata da caccia in C Major
  8. Horn Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Hob. VIId:3: I. Allegro
  9. Horn Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Hob. VIId:3: II. Adagio
  10. Horn Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Hob. VIId:3: III. Allegro
  11. Horn Concerto in B-Flat Major: I. Allegro moderato
  12. Horn Concerto in B-Flat Major: II. Aria
  13. Horn Concerto in B-Flat Major: III. Menuett
  14. Horn Concerto in B-Flat Major: IV. Siciliano
  15. Horn Concerto in B-Flat Major: V. Bourrée
  16. Horn Concerto in B-Flat Major: VI. Giga

Disk 2

  1. Concerto No. 2 in F Major, RV 539: I. Allegro
  2. Concerto No. 2 in F Major, RV 539: II. Larghetto
  3. Concerto No. 2 in F Major, RV 539: III. Allegro
  4. Horn Concerto in E-Flat Major: I. Allegro moderato
  5. Horn Concerto in E-Flat Major: II. Larghetto
  6. Horn Concerto in E-Flat Major: III. Allegro ma non troppo
  7. Concerto concertant in E-Flat Major, Op. 3: I. Allegro
  8. Concerto concertant in E-Flat Major, Op. 3: II. Romance. Cantabile
  9. Concerto concertant in E-Flat Major, Op. 3: III. Rondeau. Allegretto
  10. Concerto in E-Flat Major: I. Allegro maestoso
  11. Concerto in E-Flat Major: II. Romanze. Adagio
  12. Concerto in E-Flat Major: III. Rondo. Allegro moderato

Disk 3

  1. Concertino in E Minor, Op. 45
  2. Konzertstück in E Major
  3. Morceau de concert in F Minor, Op. 94
  4. Konzertstück in F Major, Op. 86: I. Lebhaft
  5. Konzertstück in F Major, Op. 86: II. Romanze
  6. Konzertstück in F Major, Op. 86: III. Sehr lebhaft

Disk 4

  1. Concerto in E-Flat Major: I. Allegro
  2. Concerto in E-Flat Major: II. Siciliano. Larghetto
  3. Concerto in E-Flat Major: III. Allegro
  4. Caprice in F Major: I. Staccato e forte – Allegro
  5. Caprice in F Major: II. Allemande
  6. Caprice in F Major: III. Allegro
  7. Caprice in F Major: IV. Menuett – Trio I – Trio II
  8. Concerto for 2 Horns in F Major, S.231: I. Vivace
  9. Concerto for 2 Horns in F Major, S.231: II. Arioso
  10. Concerto for 2 Horns in F Major, S.231: III. Allegro
  11. Concerto for 2 Horns in D Major, TWV 52:D2: I. Allegro
  12. Concerto for 2 Horns in D Major, TWV 52:D2: II. Adagio – Allegro
  13. Concerto for 2 Horns in D Major, TWV 52:D2: III. Largo
  14. Concerto for 2 Horns in D Major, TWV 52:D2: IV Allegro
  15. Concerto in D Major, FaWV L:D18: I. Allegro
  16. Concerto in D Major, FaWV L:D18: II. Andante
  17. Concerto in D Major, FaWV L:D18: III. Allegro

Disk 5

  1. Horn Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Hob. VIID:3: I. Allegro
  2. Horn Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Hob. VIID:3: II. Adagio
  3. Horn Concerto No. 1 in D Major, Hob. VIID:3: III. Allegro
  4. Horn Concerto No. 2 in D Major, Hob. VIID:4: I. Allegro moderato
  5. Horn Concerto No. 2 in D Major, Hob. VIID:4: II. Adagio
  6. Horn Concerto No. 2 in D Major, Hob. VIID:4: III. Allegro
  7. Horn Concerto in D Major, MH 53: I. Larghetto
  8. Horn Concerto in D Major, MH 53: II. Allegro non troppo
  9. Horn Concerto in D Major, MH 53: III. Menuett
  10. Horn Concerto in E-Flat Major, K. 370b/371: I. Allegro
  11. Horn Concerto in E-Flat Major, K. 370b/371: II. Rondo. Allegro

Disk 6

  1. Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Major, K. 417: I. Allegro
  2. Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Major, K. 417: II. Andante
  3. Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Major, K. 417: III. Rondo. Allegro
  4. Horn Concerto No. 3 in E-Flat Major, K. 447: I. Allegro
  5. Horn Concerto No. 3 in E-Flat Major, K. 447: II. Romance. Larghetto
  6. Horn Concerto No. 3 in E-Flat Major, K. 447: III. Allegro
  7. Horn Concerto in E Major, K. 494a: I. Allegro
  8. Horn Concerto No. 1 in D Major, K. 412: I. Allegro
  9. Horn Concerto No. 1 in D Major, K. 412: II. Rondo. Allegro
  10. Horn Concerto in E-Flat Major, K 370b/371: I. Allegro
  11. Horn Concerto in E-Flat Major, K 370b/371: II. Rondo. Allegro
  12. Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-Flat Major, K. 495: I. Allegro
  13. Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-Flat Major, K. 495: II. Romance. Andante
  14. Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-Flat Major, K. 495: III. Rondo. Allegro
  15. Horn Concerto No. 1 in D Major, K. 412: I. Allegro

Disk 7

  1. Horn Concerto in D Major, TWV 51:D8: I. Vivace
  2. Horn Concerto in D Major, TWV 51:D8: II. Largo
  3. Horn Concerto in D Major, TWV 51:D8: III. Allegro
  4. Concerto for 2 Horns in E-Flat Major, TWV 52:Es1: I. Maestoso
  5. Concerto for 2 Horns in E-Flat Major, TWV 52:Es1: II. Allegro
  6. Concerto for 2 Horns in E-Flat Major, TWV 52:Es1: III. Grave
  7. Concerto for 2 Horns in E-Flat Major, TWV 52:Es1: IV. Vivace
  8. Ouverture-Suite in F Major, TWV 55:F11 “Alster-Ouvertüre”: I. Ouverture
  9. Ouverture-Suite in F Major, TWV 55:F11 “Alster-Ouvertüre”: II. Die canonierende Pallas
  10. Ouverture-Suite in F Major, TWV 55:F11 “Alster-Ouvertüre”: III. Das Älster Echo
  11. Ouverture-Suite in F Major, TWV 55:F11 “Alster-Ouvertüre”: IV. Die Hamburgischen Glockenspiele
  12. Ouverture-Suite in F Major, TWV 55:F11 “Alster-Ouvertüre”: V. Der Schwanen Gesang
  13. Ouverture-Suite in F Major, TWV 55:F11 “Alster-Ouvertüre”: VI. Der Älster Schäffer Dorff Music
  14. Ouverture-Suite in F Major, TWV 55:F11 “Alster-Ouvertüre”: VII. Die concertierenden Frösche und Krähen
  15. Ouverture-Suite in F Major, TWV 55:F11 “Alster-Ouvertüre”: VIII. Der ruhende Pan
  16. Ouverture-Suite in F Major, TWV 55:F11 “Alster-Ouvertüre”: IX. Der Schäffer und Nymphen eilfertiger Abzug
  17. Ouverture-Suite in F Major, TWV 55:F4: I. Ouverture
  18. Ouverture-Suite in F Major, TWV 55:F4: II. Pastorelle en rondeau
  19. Ouverture-Suite in F Major, TWV 55:F4: III. Sarabande
  20. Ouverture-Suite in F Major, TWV 55:F4: IV. Menuet
  21. Ouverture-Suite in F Major, TWV 55:F4: V. Bourrée
  22. Ouverture-Suite in E-Flat Major, TWV 55:Es1: I. Ouverture
  23. Ouverture-Suite in E-Flat Major, TWV 55:Es1: II. La douceur
  24. Ouverture-Suite in E-Flat Major, TWV 55:Es1: III. Menuet I alternativement Menuet II
  25. Ouverture-Suite in E-Flat Major, TWV 55:Es1: IV. Les coureurs
  26. Ouverture-Suite in E-Flat Major, TWV 55:Es1: V. Air
  27. Ouverture-Suite in E-Flat Major, TWV 55:Es1: VI. Les gladiateurs
  28. Ouverture-Suite in E-Flat Major, TWV 55:Es1: VII. Les querelleurs

Disk 8

  1. Concerto in E-Flat Major: I. Allegro assai
  2. Concerto in E-Flat Major: II. Adagio
  3. Concerto in E-Flat Major: III. Rondo andante
  4. Concerto for 2 Horns in F Major: I. Allegro
  5. Concerto for 2 Horns in F Major: II. Larghetto poco andante
  6. Concerto for 2 Horns in F Major: III. Finale. Presto assai
  7. Concerto for 2 horns in F Major, M.C61: I. Allegro
  8. Concerto for 2 horns in F Major, M.C61: II. Romance. Andante
  9. Concerto for 2 horns in F Major, M.C61: III. Rondeau. Allegretto
  10. Concerto for 2 Horns in E-Flat Major, M.C57: I. Allegro
  11. Concerto for 2 Horns in E-Flat Major, M.C57: II. Andante
  12. Concerto for 2 Horns in E-Flat Major, M.C57: III. Allegro. Tempo di menuetto

Disk 9

  1. Horn Concerto in E-Flat Major, M.C49: I. Allegro moderato
  2. Horn Concerto in E-Flat Major, M.C49: II. Romanze. Adagio ma non tanto
  3. Horn Concerto in E-Flat Major, M.C49: III. Rondo. Allegretto ma non tanto
  4. Horn Concerto in D Minor, M.C38: I. Allegro molto
  5. Horn Concerto in D Minor, M.C38: II. Adagio
  6. Horn Concerto in D Minor, M.C38: III. Rondo
  7. Horn Concerto in E Major, M.C51: I. Allegro moderato
  8. Horn Concerto in E Major, M.C51: II. Adagio
  9. Horn Concerto in E Major, M.C51: III. Rondo a la chasse
  10. Horn Concerto in F Major, M.C53: I. Allegro vivace
  11. Horn Concerto in F Major, M.C53: II. Romanza. Adagio non tanto
  12. Horn Concerto in F Major, M.C53: III. Rondo. Allegretto

Disk 10

  1. Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Major, TrV 283: I. Allegro
  2. Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Major, TrV 283: II. Andante con moto
  3. Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Major, TrV 283: III. Rondo. Allegro molto
  4. Horn Concerto, Op. 65: I. Lebhaft, energisch bewegt
  5. Horn Concerto, Op. 65: II. Ruhig fließend
  6. Horn Concerto, Op. 65: III. Rondo. Äußerst schnell und leicht
  7. Horn Concerto: I. Maestoso – Furioso
  8. Horn Concerto: II. Grave
  9. Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, TrV 117: I. Allegro
  10. Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, TrV 117: II. Andante
  11. Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, TrV 117: III. Allegro – Rondo. Allegro