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Baroque Horn Concertos - Tuckwell, Brown, Asmf


Release Date: 08/29/2007 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 417406   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Gottlieb GraunJohann Joachim QuantzJohann Georg RölligKnechtl,   ... 
Performer:  Barry Tuckwell
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Seven baroque concertos in a row, played with exuberant virtuosity by a master hornist brings over an hour of music, none of it great music, but pleasingly inventive and creating electricity from the bravura demanded of the soloist—met here with confident aplomb by Barry Tuckwell. The high tessitura of the bouncing first movement of the Knechtl has a counterpart in the opening movements of the two concertos Rollig concertos, their basic atmosphere more relaxed and galant but still demanding the most nimble articulation and controlled trills. Reinhardt's decorative writing is so florid that one feels at times there are almost too many notes, and the soloist is also tested by wide leaps in the melodic line, even in the siciliano slow Read more movement. The siciliano format is also favoured by Quantz and Rollig (in both his concertos). I thought Quantz's No. 9 all-in-all the most engaging work here, featuring as it does a concertante oboe soloist, whose melodic line often graciously echoes that of the horn. But the Graun is a good piece also, quite short (the Adagio only lasts 1'53'' but is still memorable) and the outer movements are strong in character, particularly the finale with its snapping grace notes.

Throughout Iona Brown provides polished, stylish accompaniments: the sound made by the ASMF strings is clean and bright in allegros, seemingly reflecting the influence of the 'authentic' movement, although modern instruments are used by everyone (including the soloist) to excellent musical effect. The sound is fresh and transparent, the harpsichord continuo coming through realistically without a false balance.

-- Ivan March, Gramophone [7/1987]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Horn in D major by Johann Gottlieb Graun
Performer:  Barry Tuckwell (French Horn)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1985 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 3 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Horn no 3 in E flat major by Johann Joachim Quantz
Performer:  Barry Tuckwell (French Horn)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1985 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 13 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Horn no 9 in E flat major by Johann Joachim Quantz
Performer:  Barry Tuckwell (French Horn)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1985 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 42 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Horn no 14 in E flat major by Johann Georg Röllig
Performer:  Barry Tuckwell (French Horn)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1985 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 24 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Horn no 15 in D major by Johann Georg Röllig
Performer:  Barry Tuckwell (French Horn)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1985 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 10 Minutes 28 Secs. 
6.
Concerto for Horn in D major by Knechtl
Performer:  Barry Tuckwell (French Horn)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1985 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 7 Minutes 7 Secs. 
7.
Concerto for Horn in E flat major by Karl Mathias Reinhardt
Performer:  Barry Tuckwell (French Horn)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1985 
Venue:  St Barnabas' Church, Finchley, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 53 Secs. 

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