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

Disk 2

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

Disk 3

  1. Carl Maria Von Weber: Concertino in E Minor, Op. 45
  2. Albert Lortzing: Konzertstück in E Major
  3. Camille Saint-Saëns: Morceau de concert in F Minor, Op. 94
  4. Robert Schumann: Konzertstück in F Major, Op. 86: I. Lebhaft
  5. Robert Schumann: Konzertstück in F Major, Op. 86: II. Romanze
  6. Robert Schumann: Konzertstück in F Major, Op. 86: III. Sehr lebhaft

Disk 4

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

Disk 5

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

Disk 6

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

Disk 7

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

Disk 8

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

Disk 9

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

Disk 10

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