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Royal Brussels Hornsound - Flemish Romantic Music On Period Instruments / Berge, Et Al


Release Date: 05/12/2009 
Label:  Fuga Libera   Catalog #: 550   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Martin-Joseph MengalLeon Dubois
Performer:  Luc BergéBart CypersBart IndevuystMark De Merlier,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is the first part of a new Fuga Libera cycle, elaborated with the masters of the Conservatoire Royal Flamand de Bruxelles (Royal Flemish Conservatory of Brussels), this CD highlights Luc Bergé's art, presenting two important masterpieces of chamber music: The octet and sextet of ancient French horns by the soloists of the l'Orchestre des Champs Elysées.

The Octuor pour Huit Cors Chromatiques (Octet for eight Chromatic French horns) of Léon Dubois (1859-1935) revives the figure of a director of the Brussels Conservatory who was also a very fine - and Wagnerian - composer of the "fin de siecla". It is performed on eight historical horns from Van Cauwelaert's workshop, the main competitor in
Read more Brussels of the famous Mahillon, Wagner's official supplier. Those horns of two types - from Liege and from Ghent (!) - are aesthetically in-between French and German horn, so different in those times. While the Grand Octuor pour six Cors et deux Trombones (Great octet for six horns and two trombones) of Martin-Joseph Mengal (1784-1851) was written between 1817 and 1820 by the future first director of the Royal Conservatory of Ghent. At the time, Mengal was still in Paris, in Antonin Reicha's class, greatly admired by the famous Dauprat. The Octet is performed on six historical French style horns.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Great Octet for 6 Horns and 2 Trombones: no 1, Maestoso by Martin-Joseph Mengal
Performer:  Luc Bergé (French Horn), Bart Cypers (French Horn), Bart Indevuyst (French Horn),
Mark De Merlier (French Horn), Jeroen Billiet (French Horn), Miek Laforce (French Horn),
Frank Clarysse (French Horn)
Period: Romantic 
2.
Great Octet for 6 Horns and 2 Trombones: no 2, Menuetto no 1 "Allegro" by Martin-Joseph Mengal
Performer:  Bart Cypers (French Horn), Bart Indevuyst (French Horn), Mark De Merlier (French Horn),
Jeroen Billiet (French Horn), Miek Laforce (French Horn), Frank Clarysse (French Horn),
Luc Bergé (French Horn)
Period: Romantic 
3.
Great Octet for 6 Horns and 2 Trombones: no 3, Theme and variations by Martin-Joseph Mengal
Performer:  Bart Cypers (French Horn), Jeroen Billiet (French Horn), Mark De Merlier (French Horn),
Bart Indevuyst (French Horn), Frank Clarysse (French Horn), Miek Laforce (French Horn),
Luc Bergé (French Horn)
Period: Romantic 
4.
Great Octet for 6 Horns and 2 Trombones: no 4, Adagio by Martin-Joseph Mengal
Performer:  Luc Bergé (French Horn), Bart Indevuyst (French Horn), Bart Cypers (French Horn),
Mark De Merlier (French Horn), Jeroen Billiet (French Horn), Miek Laforce (French Horn),
Frank Clarysse (French Horn)
Period: Romantic 
5.
Great Octet for 6 Horns and 2 Trombones: no 5, Menuetto no 2 "Allegro" by Martin-Joseph Mengal
Performer:  Luc Bergé (French Horn), Frank Clarysse (French Horn), Miek Laforce (French Horn),
Jeroen Billiet (French Horn), Mark De Merlier (French Horn), Bart Indevuyst (French Horn),
Bart Cypers (French Horn)
Period: Romantic 
6.
Great Octet for 6 Horns and 2 Trombones: no 6, Finale "Allegro moderato" by Martin-Joseph Mengal
Performer:  Bart Indevuyst (French Horn), Bart Cypers (French Horn), Frank Clarysse (French Horn),
Miek Laforce (French Horn), Jeroen Billiet (French Horn), Mark De Merlier (French Horn),
Luc Bergé (French Horn)
Period: Romantic 
7.
Octet for 8 Chromatic Horns: 1st movement, Allegretto by Leon Dubois
Performer:  Mark De Merlier (French Horn), Bart Cypers (French Horn), Miek Laforce (French Horn),
Frank Clarysse (French Horn), Luc Bergé (French Horn), Bart Indevuyst (French Horn),
Jeroen Billiet (French Horn)
Period: Romantic 
8.
Octet for 8 Chromatic Horns: 2nd movement, Andante by Leon Dubois
Performer:  Bart Cypers (French Horn), Bart Indevuyst (French Horn), Mark De Merlier (French Horn),
Jeroen Billiet (French Horn), Miek Laforce (French Horn), Frank Clarysse (French Horn),
Luc Bergé (French Horn)
Period: Romantic 
9.
Octet for 8 Chromatic Horns: 3rd movement, Allegretto by Leon Dubois
Performer:  Bart Cypers (French Horn), Bart Indevuyst (French Horn), Mark De Merlier (French Horn),
Jeroen Billiet (French Horn), Miek Laforce (French Horn), Frank Clarysse (French Horn),
Luc Bergé (French Horn)
Period: Romantic 

Featured Sound Samples

Great Octet for 6 Horns and 2 Trombones (Mengal): I. Maestoso
Octet for 8 Chromatic Horns (Dubois): III. Allegretto

Sound Samples

Grand Octet for 6 Horns and 2 Trombones: I. Maestoso
Grand Octet for 6 Horns and 2 Trombones: II. Menuetto: Allegro
Grand Octet for 6 Horns and 2 Trombones: III. Theme varie
Grand Octet for 6 Horns and 2 Trombones: IV. Adagio
Grand Octet for 6 Horns and 2 Trombones: V. Menuetto: Allegro
Grand Octet for 6 Horns and 2 Trombones: VI. Finale: Allegro moderato
Octet for 8 Horns Chromatiques: I. Allegretto
Octet for 8 Horns Chromatiques: II. Andante
Octet for 8 Horns Chromatiques: III. Allegretto

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