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Mozart: Complete Horn Concerti & Fragments

Mozart / Tuckwell / Philharmonia Orchestra
Release Date: 10/05/2010 
Label:  Musical Concepts   Catalog #: 1107   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Barry Tuckwell
Conductor:  Barry Tuckwell
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Alluring virtues. Big-band Mozart, directed and played with evident intelligence and joie-de-vivre.

Musical Concepts have here resurrected another recording first issued on Collins Classics in 1991 and this is its second time from Robin Vaughan’s label. It was first reissued on Regis RRC 1007 in 2006. Collections of Mozart horn concertos are not uncommon; indeed Barry Tuckwell has recorded the four (plus) four times of which this was I believe the latest. In reverse order they were: English Chamber Orchestra/Barry Tuckwell on Decca 411 284-2DH or 410283-1 DH3 from 1984; Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Neville Marriner ASD2780 (4/72); and LSO/Peter Maag Decca LXT6108: SXL6108. Clearly he knows these works inside out
Read more principally as soloist but also as conductor. Indeed he completed the two movement Horn Concerto No. 0 comprising K370B and K371. It is a long while since I have heard the earlier three versions but this one at super-bargain price has alluring virtues. The recording is modern and juicy without being glaringly lit. I say this with some pleasure and relief having been surprised how shrill the latest EMI transfer of the Dennis Brain/Herbert von Karajan classic sounded. The Tuckwell approach is big-band and old-fashioned with no concessions to chamber proportions or original instrumentation. This is Mozart for a grand orchestra but directed and blown with evident intelligence and joie-de-vivre. For such a big orchestra the music remains agile and witty. The First Concerto skips along but is lacking in lissom exuberance. Also I wondered twice whether Tuckwell’s famed skills had faltered for that session – just two moments when the rapid patter of notes seemed to emerge with less than precise articulation. The Second emerged triumphant amid its wonderful musical ideas and the host of woodwind solos that lovingly wreathe and tangle around the horn solo. Vitality and acceleration mark the wonderful Allegro of No. 3 (tr. 9). The other pieces are similarly good to excellent. The liner notes are by John Humphries from the original Collins disc and by Alto regular James Murray who is always rewarding.

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Horn no 1 in D major, K 412 (386b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Barry Tuckwell (French Horn)
Conductor:  Barry Tuckwell
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1990 
Venue:  Abbey Road London 
Length: 8 Minutes 10 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Horn no 2 in E flat major, K 417 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Barry Tuckwell (French Horn)
Conductor:  Barry Tuckwell
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1990 
Venue:  Abbey Road London 
Length: 13 Minutes 35 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Horn no 3 in E flat major, K 447 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Barry Tuckwell (French Horn)
Conductor:  Barry Tuckwell
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784-1787; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1990 
Venue:  Abbey Road London 
Length: 11 Minutes 9 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Horn no 4 in E flat major, K 495 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Barry Tuckwell (French Horn)
Conductor:  Barry Tuckwell
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1990 
Venue:  Abbey Road London 
Length: 16 Minutes 25 Secs. 
5.
Rondo for Horn and Orchestra in E flat major, K 370b [Fragment] by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Barry Tuckwell (French Horn)
Conductor:  Barry Tuckwell
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1990 
Venue:  Abbey Road London 
Length: 5 Minutes 29 Secs. 
6.
Rondo for Horn and Orchestra in E flat major, K 371 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Barry Tuckwell (French Horn)
Conductor:  Barry Tuckwell
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1990 
Venue:  Abbey Road London 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
7.
Movement for horn & orchestra in E major (fragment), K. Anh. 98a (K. 494a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Barry Tuckwell (French Horn)
Conductor:  Barry Tuckwell
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786 
Date of Recording: 07/1990 
Venue:  Abbey Road London 
Length: 3 Minutes 13 Secs. 

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