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Before Mozart - Early Horn Concertos / Frank-Gemmill, McGegan, Swedish Chamber Orchestra


Release Date: 04/06/2018 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2315  
Composer:  Christoph FörsterGeorg Philipp TelemannJohann Baptist Georg NerudaLeopold Mozart,   ... 
Performer:  Alec Frank-Gemmill
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Mozart’s horn concertos are so well-known that for many listeners the sound of the horn and Mozart are virtually synonymous. Mozart was not the first composer to write solo concertos for the horn, however, and works from earlier on in the eighteenth century give a quite different perspective on the instrument. With this release soloist Alec Frank-Gemmill provides insights into some of these early horn concertos, by composers ranging from Telemann to Haydn, by way of Mozart’s own father, Leopold.

Around 1750, both Christoph Förster and Johann Baptist Georg Neruda wrote extremely demanding and virtuosic concertos – Neruda’s Concerto in E flat major is in such a high register that it has sometimes been assumed to be
Read more composed for the trumpet. Through modern innovations in horn design it is once more possible to perform all of these early horn concertos, including parts previously considered ‘impossibly high’. Alec Frank-Gemmill is recognised internationally for the exceptional breadth and depth of his music-making. His interest in historical performance informed his previous, highly acclaimed release for BIS – a traversal of the horn repertoire throughout some 140 years, performed on four different 19th-century instruments. On the present album he plays on modern horns, but draws heavily on his familiarity with 18th-century horn technique and style, with the support of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra under period performance expert Nicholas McGegan.

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REVIEW:

Nicholas McGegan is equally at home in this repertory, meanwhile. The Swedish Chamber Orchestra play with wonderful freshness and finesse, and there’s a flawless sense of ensemble between Frank-Gemmill and the solo strings in the Sinfonia da camera. An exceptional disc that confirms and consolidates his reputation as one of today’s finest horn players, it makes for compelling and essential listening.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Horn Concerto in E flat major by Christoph Förster
Performer:  Alec Frank-Gemmill (Horn)
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
2.
Concerto for Horn, Violin, 2 Violas and Basso Continuo in D major, TV 51 no D 8 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Alec Frank-Gemmill (Horn)
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1714; Germany 
3.
Concerto for trumpet & strings in E flat major by Johann Baptist Georg Neruda
Performer:  Alec Frank-Gemmill (Horn)
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1740-1775 
4.
Sinfonia da camera for Horn, Violin, 2 Violas and Basso Continuo in D major by Leopold Mozart
Performer:  Alec Frank-Gemmill (Horn)
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: Austria 
5.
Concerto for Horn no 1 in D major, H 7d no 3 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Alec Frank-Gemmill (Horn)
Conductor:  Nicholas McGegan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762; Eszterhazá, Hungary 

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