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La Grand Fanfare / Allegrini, I Solisti Della Scala Milano


Release Date: 04/04/2006 
Label:  Tudor Records   Catalog #: 7101   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Luigi CherubiniWolfgang Amadeus MozartGioachino Rossini
Performer:  Alessio Allegrini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti della Scala
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If the repertoire appeals you need have no reservations.

Balancing the horn against a string quartet takes some doing. To be assertive enough to square up to the horn the quartet must be vividly and closely recorded. The horn needs to be given its head. The Tudor team - engineers from Bayerischer Rundfunk, München and Südwestrundfunk Baden-Baden - carry all this off with aplomb. This may not be a concert-hall balance but it is deeply satisfying for the listener at home or out and about. Alessio Allegrini is secure and totally convincing whether in cantabile or in drama or in chasseur knockabout. The quartet are a practised and eloquent group well able to vary dynamics and vie with the soloist in artistic
Read more sensitivity - listen to the quietly inward playing in the lovely Adagio of the Kohl. The two Cherubini Sonatas soliloquise in plaintive tones before - in the case of No. 2 - throwing such emotions to the winds in favour of Weberian exuberance. The succinct Graun, like the Kohl (a Bohemian), is very pleasing indeed. Its mercurially playful and muscularly brash Mozartean accents alternate with gentler emotions in the Allegro. The concise Haydn Divertimento is variously lugubrious and pawky.

The Mozart stands high in this company. It’s a doughty work with a deeper emotional palette than its companions here. This warm performance is very fine indeed as to pacing and ensemble. It’s dedicated to the same Salzburg resident who attracted the dedication and guying of the Mozart horn concertos: Joseph Leutgeb. By the way the finale of the Kohl uses, in its final Rondo, the same theme deployed by Mozart in his K417 but well before the Mozart concerto. We end with the towering sound of Rossini’s confident La Grande Fanfare solo - seeming to sound the end of an eventful hunting day and to call out to huntsmen in fields far away and resounding with their replies.

Allegrini’s gloriously brassy performance rips down any cobwebs. The notes are good and as ever Tudor’s designs are tasteful. If the repertoire appeals you need have no reservations.
 
-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International 
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonatas (2) for Horn and Strings: no 1 in F major by Luigi Cherubini
Performer:  Alessio Allegrini (French Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti della Scala
Period: Classical 
Written: 1804; France 
2.
Etude no 2 by Luigi Cherubini
Performer:  Alessio Allegrini (French Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti della Scala
Period: Classical 
Written: France 
3.
Quintet for Horn, Violin, 2 Violas and Cello in E flat major, K 407 (386c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alessio Allegrini (French Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti della Scala
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Le rendez-vous de chasse by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Alessio Allegrini (French Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Solisti della Scala
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Italy 

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