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Schumann, Saint-Saens, & Gliere: Works for Horn & Orchestra / Maskuniitty, Oramo, RSPO


Release Date: 04/12/2019 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 1339  
Composer:  Robert SchumannCamille Saint-SaënsReinhold Gliere
Performer:  Kristofer ObergMarkus MaskuniittyMartin SchopferMonica Berenguer
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Markus Maskuniitty’s debut recording together with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra together with its chief conductor Sakari Oramo, showcases four concertante works for horn and orchestra covering a period of one hundred years (from 1849 to 1951). Robert Schumann described the horn as the ‘soul of the orchestra’ and he had a profound affinity with the instrument. The most substantial of Schumann’s works featuring the horn is the Konzertstück for four horns and orchestra, Op. 86. Schumann considered the work as one of his best achievements as a composer. During 1849, Schumann wrote a total of three works featuring the valve horn. The Adagio and Allegro for horn and piano Op. 70 may be considered a precursor to the Read more Konzertstück and is a central work in the Romantic horn repertoire. This recording includes an orchestration by conductor Ernest Ansermet. Camille Saint-Saëns wrote a large number of concertante works, including a masterfully crafted concertpiece for horn and orchestra in 1887. It highlights Saint-Saëns’s mature skills in orchestral writing and as a composer of solo instrumental music. Final piece of the recording is Glière’s Horn Concerto. Completed in 1951, it was the composer’s swansong. In this romantic concerto one can hear echoes of Tchaikovsky and other great masters of Russian classical music. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concertstück for 4 Horns and Orchestra in F major, Op. 86 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Kristofer Oberg (French Horn), Markus Maskuniitty (French Horn), Martin Schopfer (French Horn),
Monica Berenguer (French Horn)
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
2.
Adagio and Allegro for Horn/Cello and Piano in A flat major, Op. 70 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Markus Maskuniitty (French Horn)
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
3.
Morceau de concert for Horn and Orchestra in F minor, Op. 94 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Markus Maskuniitty (French Horn)
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
4.
Concerto for Horn in B flat major, Op. 91 by Reinhold Gliere
Performer:  Markus Maskuniitty (French Horn)
Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1950; USSR 

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