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The Romantic Horn Concerti / Ruske, Stern, Iris Co


Release Date: 08/30/2005 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 782   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Richard StraussReinhold GliereFranz Strauss
Performer:  Eric Ruske
Conductor:  Michael Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iris Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Eric Ruske selects works from the high points of the romantic era (at least as far as horn music goes) and delivers the goods with taste, authority, passion, and impeccable musicianship. Ruske effectively projects the youthful bravura of Richard Strauss' Horn Concerto No. 1, a work that follows in the tradition of his father Franz's Schumannesque Concerto in C. Of course, the son already was passive-aggressively rebelling against the father with his penchant for shoving "wrong" notes into his otherwise standard chords and melodic progressions--a practice Strauss would continue throughout his compositional career. The late Concerto No. 2 shows a distinct mellowing (where Ruske produces some beautifully burnished tone), it's overtly Read more Wagnerian slow movement constituting a decided look backward.

Gliere's B-flat Concerto doesn't reach for the lush opulence of his Ilya Muromets Symphony, but it falls within the standard romantic idiom, albeit with a decidedly Russian bent. Again Ruske's polished and emotive playing nicely captures the mood and character of the music. He receives first-rate support from Michael Stern and the IRIS Chamber Orchestra. Albany's recording tends toward brightness, but otherwise has good presence and impact. A choice disc for the insatiable horn-enthusiast.

--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Horn no 1 in E flat major, Op. 11 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Eric Ruske (French Horn)
Conductor:  Michael Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iris Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882-1883; Germany 
Venue:  Germantown Performing Arts Centre, TN 
Length: 15 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Germantown Performing Arts Centre, TN (01/20/2005 - 01/23/2005) 
2. Concerto for Horn no 2 in E flat major, AV 132 by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Eric Ruske (French Horn)
Conductor:  Michael Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iris Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1942; Germany 
Venue:  Germantown Performing Arts Centre, TN 
Length: 19 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Germantown Performing Arts Centre, TN (01/20/2005 - 01/23/2005) 
3. Concerto for Horn in B flat major, Op. 91 by Reinhold Gliere
Performer:  Eric Ruske (French Horn)
Conductor:  Michael Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iris Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1950; USSR 
Venue:  Germantown Performing Arts Centre, TN 
Length: 26 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Germantown Performing Arts Centre, TN (01/20/2005 - 01/23/2005) 
4. Concerto for Horn in C minor, Op. 8 by Franz Strauss
Performer:  Eric Ruske (French Horn)
Conductor:  Michael Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iris Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Munich, Germany 
Venue:  Germantown Performing Arts Centre, TN 
Length: 13 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Germantown Performing Arts Centre, TN (01/20/2005 - 01/23/2005) 

Sound Samples

Horn Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 11, TrV 117: I. Allegro
Horn Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 11, TrV 117: II. Andante
Horn Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 11, TrV 117: III. Rondo: Allegro
Horn Concerto in B flat major, Op. 91: I. Allegro
Horn Concerto in B flat major, Op. 91: II. Andante
Horn Concerto in B flat major, Op. 91: III. Moderato
Horn Concerto in C major, Op. 8: I. Allegro moderato
Horn Concerto in C major, Op. 8: II. Andante
Horn Concerto in C major, Op. 8: III. Allegro moderato
Horn Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, TrV 283: I. Allegro
Horn Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, TrV 283: II. Andante con moto
Horn Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, TrV 283: III. Rondo

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