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Before Mozart – early horn concertos

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Catalogue numberBIS-2315 SACD
Release date2018-03-10
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time66:05

Mozart’s horn concertos are so well-known that for many listeners the sound of the horn and Mozart are virtually synonymous. Mozart was not the first composer to write solo concertos for the horn, however, and works from earlier on in the eighteenth century give a quite different perspective on the instrument. With this disc soloist Alec Frank-Gemmill provides insights into some of these early horn concertos, by composers ranging from Telemann to Haydn, by way of Mozart’s own father, Leopold. In the seventeenth century, when the horn first appeared in classical music, it was in the context of hunting scenes in operas by Lully, Cavalli and others. But the instrument’s true adoption into art music really began the following century in the German-speaking world, where Dresden for a while became the most important centre for performing on, and composing for, the horn. Around 1750, both Christoph Förster and Johann Baptist Georg Neruda wrote extremely demanding and virtuosic concertos – Neruda’s Concerto in E flat major is in such a high register that it has sometimes been assumed to be composed for the trumpet. Through modern innovations in horn design it is once more possible to perform all of these early horn concertos, including parts previously considered ‘impossibly high’. Alec Frank-Gemmill is recognised internationally for the exceptional breadth and depth of his music-making. His interest in historical performance informed his previous, highly acclaimed disc for BIS – a traversal of the horn repertoire throughout some 140 years, performed on four different 19th-century instruments. On the present disc he plays on modern horns, but draws heavily on his familiarity with 18th-century horn technique and style, with the support of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra under period performance expert Nicholas McGegan.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Förster, Christoph
  Horn Concerto [No. 1] in E flat major 11:38
01 I. Con discretione 05:00 $ 1.22 USD
02 II. Adagio 02:33 $ 0.61 USD
03 III. Allegro 04:05 $ 1.02 USD
  Composer: Telemann, Georg Philipp
  Horn Concerto in D major, TWV 51:D8 07:54
04 I. Vivace 02:02 $ 0.50 USD
05 II. Largo 02:43 $ 0.65 USD
06 III. Allegro 03:09 $ 0.79 USD
  Composer: Neruda, Johann Baptist Georg
  Horn Concerto in E flat major 14:13
07 I. Allegro 05:28 $ 1.32 USD
08 II. Largo 04:23 $ 1.06 USD
09 III. Vivace 04:22 $ 1.10 USD
  Composer: Mozart, Leopold
  Sinfonia da camera (Sinfonie in D major, VII:D5) 14:25
10 I. Allegro moderato 05:52 $ 1.41 USD
11 II. Menuet – Trio 03:02 $ 0.73 USD
12 III. Andante 03:17 $ 0.79 USD
13 IV. Allegro 02:14 $ 0.56 USD
  Composer: Haydn, Joseph
  Horn Concerto No. 1 in D major, Hob. VIId:3 16:12
14 I. Allegro 06:15 $ 1.53 USD
15 II. Adagio 06:16 $ 1.52 USD
16 III. Allegro 03:41 $ 1.01 USD
  Album total 66:05
ComposerFörster, Christoph
Haydn, Joseph
Mozart, Leopold
Neruda, Johann Baptist Georg
Telemann, Georg Philipp
ConductorMcGegan, Nicholas
HornFrank-Gemmill, Alec
Chamber orchestraSwedish Chamber Orchestra
ViolinSvensson, Urban
ViolaElvkull, Linn
Fröst, Göran
CelloLevin, Mats
Double bassNitsche, Peter
HarpsichordGäfvert, Björn

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