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Colours Of The French Horn / Szabolcs Zempleni, Peter Nagy


Release Date: 04/26/2011 
Label:  Oehms   Catalog #: 789   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard StraussRobert SchumannGioachino RossiniJean Françaix,   ... 
Performer:  Szabolcs ZempleniPéter Nagy
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

COLORS OF THE FRENCH HORN • Szabolcs Zempléni (hn); Péter Nagy (pn) • OC 789 (64:46)

R. STRAUSS Andante. SCHUMANN 3 Romances. ROSSINI Prelude, Theme, and Variations. FRANCAIX Divertimento. POULENC Elegy. V. D. KIRCHNER 3 Poemi

"Thirty-year-old Hungarian-born Szabolcs Zempléni is a multi-prize winner, including at the prestigious ARD International Music Competition in Munich in 2005. It is not hard to understand why. He plays the instrument with seemingly the greatest of ease, he is a fine musician, and he imbues each work on his recital with stylish finesse. His program consists mostly of pieces well known to horn players. The exception is the Tre Poemi by Volker David Kirchner (b.1942):
Read more hauntingly beautiful, often delicate, sometimes disturbing explorations of horn tones—some played open, some muted—blown into the open grand piano, resulting in a fascinating array of echo effects and resonances."

FANFARE: Robert Markow

Hungarian hornist Szabolcs Zempleni, has performed with the Bamberger Symphoniker. He has won many European awards and brings forth a beautiful lyric tone, achieving dark velvety colors in the lower range and full, bright tones in the upper range, with a purity that avoids excessive vibrato. Accompanist Peter Nagy plays with sensitivity and the piano tone on this CD has clarity and roundness, blending beautifully with the horn.

- Greg La Traille, ArkivMusic.com

"Szabolcs Zempléni was standing on stage with such kind naivety, that we might think that blowing a horn is not such a big deal. But it is a big deal. Especially the way he does it. The sound of his horn is caressing our ears; watching and listening are both an experience."

- Momus Musikportal
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Works on This Recording

1. Andante for Horn and Piano, AV 86A by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Szabolcs Zempleni (French Horn), Péter Nagy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Germany 
2. Romances (3) for Oboe and Piano, Op. 94 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Szabolcs Zempleni (French Horn), Péter Nagy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
3. Adagio and Allegro for Horn/Cello and Piano in A flat major, Op. 70 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Szabolcs Zempleni (French Horn), Péter Nagy (Piano)
4. Thème de Rossini suivi de deux Variations et coda par Moscheles Père for Horn and Piano in E major by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Szabolcs Zempleni (French Horn), Péter Nagy (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860; Italy 
5. Divertimento for Horn and Piano by Jean Françaix
Performer:  Szabolcs Zempleni (French Horn), Péter Nagy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; France 
6. Elégie for Horn and Piano by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Szabolcs Zempleni (French Horn), Péter Nagy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; France 
7. Poemi (3) for Horn and Piano by Volker David Kirchner
Performer:  Szabolcs Zempleni (French Horn), Péter Nagy (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986-1987; Germany 

Sound Samples

Andante in C major, TrV 155
3 Romanzen, Op. 94 (arr. for horn and piano): No. 1. Nicht schnell
3 Romanzen, Op. 94 (arr. for horn and piano): No. 2. Einfach innig
3 Romanzen, Op. 94 (arr. for horn and piano): No. 3. Nicht schnell
Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70: Adagio: Langsam mit innigem Ausdruck
Adagio and Allegro, Op. 70: Allegro: Rasch und feurig
Prelude, Theme and Variations
Divertimento (version for horn and piano): I. Introduzione: Allegro
Divertimento (version for horn and piano): II. Aria di cantabile: Andante
Divertimento (version for horn and piano): III. Canzonetta: Allegro giusto
Elegie for Horn and Piano, FP 175: Elegie for Horn and Piano
3 Poemi: No. 1. Lamento
3 Poemi: No. 2. Danza
3 Poemi: No. 3. La Gondola funebre

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