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Mozart: Horn Quintet; Beethoven: Sextet / Baumann


Release Date: 05/07/2007 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 426440   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartFranz Joseph HaydnMichael HaydnLudwig van Beethoven,   ... 
Performer:  Dietmar HallmannHermann BaumannKarl SuskeJürnjakob Timm,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus String QuartetLeipzig Gewandhaus String Quartet members
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In the insert-notes, horn-player Hermann Baumann describes the pieces on this disc as ''the essential chamber works for horn and strings of the Classical and Romantic periods''. The core work of the recording is Mozart's Horn Quintet, K407 and, according to Baumann, the horn part is the most difficult that Mozart wrote for the instrument. Baumann's virtuosity and refinement, sympathetically supported by the Gewandhaus Quartet, are immediately arresting. The playing here, which is quite simply superb bears comparison very well with Brain's historic 1944 Decca mid-price recording with the Griller Quartet.

The disc couples together several works which are rarely, if ever, heard. Beethoven's Sextet has been excellently recorded
Read more by the Gaudier Ensemble (Hyperion), but Baumann and the Gewandhaus, enlarged by Dshambasov on second horn, play with such panache (and the blend between horns and strings is so finely judged) that it is difficult to recommend another version.

The last three pieces provide further evidence of the indispensability of this issue. Michael Haydn's Romanze, an arrangement of the slow movement from Mozart's Third Horn Concerto, K447, is affectionately played with satisfying warmth of tone and unity of ensemble, and Joseph Haydn's E flat Divertimento provides an entertaining contrast.

Antoine Reicha (1770–1836) is best known as a theorist. However, his E major Quintet, Op. 106, recorded here for the first time, blends virtuosity and lyricism in music of rhythmic and contrapuntal ingenuity, and deserves to be better known. These excellent performances, superbly recorded, confirm this as an essential disc.

-- The Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quintet for Horn, Violin, 2 Violas and Cello in E flat major, K 407 (386c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dietmar Hallmann (Viola), Hermann Baumann (French Horn), Karl Suske (Violin),
Jürnjakob Timm (Cello), Olaf Hallmann (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1992 
Venue:  Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 16 Minutes 34 Secs. 
2.
Divertimento for Horn, Violin and Cello in E flat major, H 4 no 5 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Jürnjakob Timm (Cello), Hermann Baumann (French Horn), Karl Suske (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus String Quartet members
Period: Classical 
Written: 1767; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 01/1992 
Venue:  Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 54 Secs. 
3.
Romanze for Horn and String Quartet in A flat major by Michael Haydn
Performer:  Hermann Baumann (French Horn), Karl Suske (Violin), Jürnjakob Timm (Cello),
Dietmar Hallmann (Viola), Conrad Suske (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1992 
Venue:  Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: This work is Michael Haydn's adaptation of the second movement of Mozart's Horn Concerto no 2 in E flat major, K. 447. 
4.
Sextet for 2 Horns and Strings in E flat major, Op. 81b by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Dietmar Hallmann (Viola), Conrad Suske (Violin), Karl Suske (Violin),
Vladimir Dshambasov (French Horn), Jürnjakob Timm (Cello), Hermann Baumann (French Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1795; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1992 
Venue:  Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 13 Minutes 43 Secs. 
5.
Quintet for Horn and String Quartet in E major, Op. 106 by Anton Reicha
Performer:  Dietmar Hallmann (Viola), Jürnjakob Timm (Cello), Christian Ockert (Double Bass),
Hermann Baumann (French Horn), Conrad Suske (Violin), Karl Suske (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1824-26; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1992 
Venue:  Paul-Gerhardt-Kirche, Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 25 Minutes 42 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Good Selection  February 7, 2013 By W. Hawks (Pomona, CA) See All My Reviews "This title has a good selection of music since it is unusual for horn and string music to be bundled. All the pieces are very well performed. The Mozart and the Beethoven are exceptionally nice pieces." Report Abuse
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