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A Noble & Melancholy Instrument / Frank-Gemmill, Beatson


Release Date: 04/07/2017 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2228  
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenRobert SchumannFranz StraussGioachino Rossini,   ... 
Performer:  Alec Frank-GemmillAlasdair Beatson
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The 19th century saw huge developments in the design of many musical instruments. In some cases changes were adopted more or less universally: the fortepiano that Mozart knew, a five-octave instrument constructed entirely of wood, had by around 1900 grown into the modern grand piano with over seven octaves and a castiron frame. With other instruments, progress was less streamlined. As late as 1865, the natural, valveless horn of Beethoven's time remained the instrument of choice for Brahms when he wrote his famous Horn Trio, and when valves began to be introduced, makers and musicians in Germany, France and Vienna favoured different solutions, offering different results in terms of sound and requiring different playing techniques. The Read more present release is a unique combination of recital and history lesson, with a young British team performing music from between 1800 and 1942 on no less than eight different historic instruments: four horns and four pianos. This gives us the opportunity to hear the works on instruments that the different composers would have recognized, whether Beethoven's Sonata in F major (a natural horn from 1800 and a fortepiano from 1815) or the Villanelle by Paul Dukas from 1906 (an early 20thcentury cor à pistons and a Bechstein from 1898). Both notable performers on modern instruments, Alec FrankGemmill and Alasdair Beatson here revel in the sonic possibilities offered by the historic instruments with results that are as delighting as they are enlightening. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Horn and Piano in F major, Op. 17 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Alec Frank-Gemmill (Horn), Alasdair Beatson (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Adagio and Allegro for Horn/Cello and Piano in A flat major, Op. 70 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Alec Frank-Gemmill (Horn), Alasdair Beatson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Germany 
3.
Nocturno for Horn and Piano, Op. 7 by Franz Strauss
Performer:  Alec Frank-Gemmill (Horn), Alasdair Beatson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1864; Munich, Germany 
4.
Prelude, Theme & Variations for Horn in F Major by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Alec Frank-Gemmill (Horn), Alasdair Beatson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
5.
Romance for Horn and Piano in E major, Op. 67 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Alec Frank-Gemmill (Horn), Alasdair Beatson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; France 
6.
Ręverie for Horn and Piano, Op. 24 by Alexander Glazunov
Performer:  Alec Frank-Gemmill (Horn), Alasdair Beatson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1890; Russia 
7.
Villanelle for Horn and Piano by Paul Dukas
Performer:  Alec Frank-Gemmill (Horn), Alasdair Beatson (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; France 
8.
Hunter's Moon by Gilbert Vinter
Performer:  Alec Frank-Gemmill (Horn), Alasdair Beatson (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; England 

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