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Alec Frank-Gemmill, Nicholas McGegan, Swedish Chamber Orchestra - Before Mozart: Early Horn Concertos (2018)

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Alec Frank-Gemmill, Nicholas McGegan, Swedish Chamber Orchestra - Before Mozart: Early Horn Concertos (2018)

Alec Frank-Gemmill, Nicholas McGegan, Swedish Chamber Orchestra - Before Mozart: Early Horn Concertos (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 316 Mb | Total time: 66:05 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS Records | BIS-2315 SACD | Recorded: 2017

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.

Performer:
Alec Frank-Gemmill, horn
Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Nicholas McGegan, conductor

Tracklist:
Christoph Förster (1693–1745)
Horn Concerto [No. 1] in E flat major
01. I. Con discretione
02. II. Adagio
03. III. Allegro
Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767)
Horn Concerto in D major, TWV 51:D8
04. I. Vivace
05. II. Largo
06. III. Allegro
Johann Baptist Georg Neruda (c.1708–c. 1780)
Horn Concerto in E flat major
07. I. Allegro
08. II. Largo
09. III. Vivace
Leopold Mozart (1719–1787)
Sinfonia da camera (Sinfonie in D major, VII:D5)
10. I. Allegro moderato
11. II. Menuet – Trio
12. III. Andante
13. IV. Allegro
Joseph Haydn (1732–1809)
Horn Concerto No. 1 in D major, Hob. VIId:3
14. I. Allegro
15. II. Adagio
16. III. Allegro


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