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The Chicago Principal


Release Date: 04/08/2003 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000002502   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartFranz Joseph HaydnRobert SchumannRalph Vaughan Williams,   ... 
Performer:  Willard ElliotAdolph HersethDale ClevengerRichard Oldberg,   ... 
Conductor:  Claudio AbbadoDaniel BarenboimCarlo Maria GiuliniSir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This remarkable collection drawn from Universal's back catalog makes an intelligent and affectionate tribute to as fine a collection of principal wind and brass players as ever have graced a modern symphony orchestra. Every performance is distinguished, and if some have been bettered elsewhere (in particular, Arnold Jacobs' Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto, which doesn't efface John Fletcher's with the LSO under Previn), the vast majority of them have not, and easily withstand comparison to the best. Outstanding renditions include Adolph "Bud" Herseth's Haydn Trumpet Concerto (with surprisingly lively backing from Abbado), Dale Clevenger's Mozart Horn Concerto No. 3, and his extremely
Read more distinguished Britten Serenade with Robert Tear and Giulini, and Ray Still's Mozart Oboe Concerto.


Willard Elliot's bassoon playing makes the most of (let's face it) uninteresting music, but best of all is the CD premiere of Barenboim's extraordinary Schumann Konzertstück for Four Horns, easily the best version currently available and one of the most remarkable (and best sounding) recordings of massed horns ever made. The conclusion, a decent Ravel Boléro under Solti makes a fine encore, with just about everyone getting a chance to show off and take a final bow. The attractive accompanying booklet and classy packaging complete a production as appealing to the eye as it is to the ear. DG deserves all credit for assembling this extremely intelligent and musically distinguished release. [5/17/2003]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Bassoon in B flat major, K 191 (186e) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Willard Elliot (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1774; Salzburg, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1981 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 18 Minutes 6 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Trumpet in E flat major, H 7e no 1 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Adolph Herseth (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1984 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 14 Minutes 22 Secs. 
3. Concerto for Horn no 3 in E flat major, K 447 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dale Clevenger (French Horn)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784-1787; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1981 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 15 Minutes 57 Secs. 
4. Concertstück for 4 Horns and Orchestra in F major, Op. 86 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Dale Clevenger (French Horn), Richard Oldberg (French Horn), Thomas Howell (French Horn),
Norman Schweikert (French Horn)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1977 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 18 Minutes 46 Secs. 
5. Concerto for Oboe in C major, K 314 (285d) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Ray Still (Oboe)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Mannheim, Germany 
Date of Recording: 03/1983 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 20 Minutes 33 Secs. 
6. Concerto for Tuba in F minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Arnold Jacobs (Tuba)
Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1977 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 11 Minutes 39 Secs. 
7. Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Op. 31 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Dale Clevenger (French Horn), Robert Tear (Tenor)
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1977 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 24 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: English 
8. Boléro by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; France 
Date of Recording: 05/1976 
Venue:  Medinah Temple, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 14 Minutes 50 Secs. 

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