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Hindemith: Horn Sonatas In E Flat Major & F Major


Release Date: 06/19/2006 
Label:  Abc Classics   Catalog #: 4765254   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ignaz MoschelesPaul HindemithJoseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Daniel BlumenthalBarry Tuckwell
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A Tuckwell swansong finds the horn player truly rising to the occasion.

Barry Tuckwell's career, as LSO principal horn for 13 years and as the first musician to earn a full-time living as a horn soloist, stretched for more than half a century, and is celebrated elsewhere by two sets of concertante recordings made over the years: an EMI two-CD Gemini collection and a comparable Decca Double.

Just before he retired in 1997, Tuckwell recorded the present programme with Daniel Blumenthal for the Australian Broadcasting Company. He included the comparably familiar and somewhat marmoreal Hindemith F major Sonata (1939) and plays it persuasively, but also provides a recording premiere of a virtually unknown
Read more Second Sonata from 1943. This has an appealingly nostalgic opening movement which acts as a brief prelude to the virtuoso Scherzo. Then comes another short lyrical interlude, no less touching, with a surprising hint of folksong in the melodic line, and the work is completed by a brilliant finale with a thrilling piano part, in which bravura and lyrical elements are satisfying combined. This is much more enjoyable work than the F major Sonata, melodically memorable (which is what counts) but also superbly written for both instruments.

The Hindemith sonatas are prefaced here by Moscheles's very personable set of variations on a theme which Rossini wrote for Moscheles's son, Felix, and a most engaging Introduction and Rondo with an even more jaunty principal theme, which is expanded infectiously, rather in the sprightly rhythmic manner of Hummel. The closing work is a large-scale sonata by Rheinberger, framed with heroically dramatic outer movements, both with bold, fanfare-like main themes with appropriately lyrical counterparts, and a gentler, romantic central Quasi adagio. Needless to say, Tuckwell rises to the occasion throughout the programme, as does his excellent partner. The recording is resonant and true, giving the instruments plenty of space and a natural balance.

-- Ivan March, Gramophone [12/2006]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Thème varié (Feuillet d'album de Rossini), Op 138b by Ignaz Moscheles
Performer:  Daniel Blumenthal (Piano), Barry Tuckwell (Horn)
2.
Introduction and Rondeau écossais, Op. 63 by Ignaz Moscheles
Performer:  Daniel Blumenthal (Piano), Barry Tuckwell (Horn)
3.
Sonata for Alto Horn and Piano in E flat major by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Daniel Blumenthal (Piano), Barry Tuckwell (Horn)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
4.
Sonata for Horn and Piano in F major by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Daniel Blumenthal (Piano), Barry Tuckwell (Horn)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Switzerland 
5.
Sonata for Horn and Piano in E flat major, Op. 178 by Joseph Rheinberger
Performer:  Daniel Blumenthal (Piano), Barry Tuckwell (Horn)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1894; Germany 

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