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The London Horn Sound / Simon, London Horns


Release Date: 06/29/1999 
Label:  Cala Records   Catalog #: 112   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  James HornerEngelbert HumperdinckWolfgang Amadeus MozartHector Berlioz,   ... 
Performer:  Richard WatkinsDavid PyattAnthony HalsteadNigel Black,   ... 
Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The London Horn Sound
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

They've done it with trombones, cellos, violins, and violas, and now it's the horns' turn. Cala's acclaimed "London Sound Series" was a neat idea hatched several years ago by conductor and Cala artistic director Geoffrey Simon. Why not gather together all the best players on a given instrument, drawn from London's richly endowed orchestra community, write some arrangements both of characteristic classical repertoire and more unusual pieces, all of which would be designed to challenge the players and offer listeners something truly unique? You can imagine that this formula works better for some instruments than others: large groups of trombones or cellos prove more adaptable and versatile than violins, for example, whose massed sound we're Read more more used to and whose higher register limits scoring possibilities that will keep our ears happy over a long program. Horns, which on this recording also include a few Wagner tubas, definitely make the grade, assisted by arrangements that show off not only the varied sonic and technical capacities of the instruments, but also the dazzling virtuoso abilities of these 32 fearless musicians. After an obligatory commercial nod to the film Titanic (a medley featuring London studio player Hugh Seenan), the real fun begins, with Rossini's La Danza, Abreu's Tico-Tico, the "Rondo" from Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-flat, and a phenomenal rendition of Berlioz's Roman Carnival Overture. There's much more, some beautiful (jazz standard "Here's that rainy day", Humperdinck's "Evening Prayer" from Hansel and Gretel), some dense and luscious (Wagner's Tristan Prelude), some fiendish and fancy (Handel's Arrival of the Queen of Sheba and Glinka's Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla), and some not so great (Freddie Mercury's "Bohemian Rhapsody"). The closing, Duke Ellington's Caravan, is a stunner. So is the sound.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Titanic: Excerpt(s) by James Horner
Performer:  Richard Watkins (French Horn), David Pyatt (French Horn), Anthony Halstead (French Horn),
Nigel Black (French Horn), Richard Bissill (French Horn), Frank Lloyd (French Horn),
Hugh Seenan (French Horn), Michael Thompson (French Horn)
Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The London Horn Sound
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998; USA 
2.
Hänsel und Gretel: Abends will ich schlafen gehn "Evening Hymn" by Engelbert Humperdinck
Performer:  Richard Bissill (French Horn), Nigel Black (French Horn), Anthony Halstead (French Horn),
David Pyatt (French Horn), Richard Watkins (French Horn), Frank Lloyd (French Horn),
Michael Thompson (French Horn), Hugh Seenan (French Horn)
Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The London Horn Sound
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Germany 
3.
Concerto for Horn no 4 in E flat major, K 495: 3rd movement, Rondo by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Michael Thompson (French Horn), Hugh Seenan (French Horn), Frank Lloyd (French Horn),
Richard Bissill (French Horn), Nigel Black (French Horn), Anthony Halstead (French Horn),
Richard Watkins (French Horn), David Pyatt (French Horn)
Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The London Horn Sound
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Le carnaval romain Overture, Op. 9 by Hector Berlioz
Performer:  Michael Thompson (French Horn), Hugh Seenan (French Horn), Nigel Black (French Horn),
Richard Bissill (French Horn), Frank Lloyd (French Horn), Anthony Halstead (French Horn),
Richard Watkins (French Horn), David Pyatt (French Horn)
Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The London Horn Sound
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843-1844; France 
5.
Stardust by Hoagy Carmichael
Performer:  Frank Lloyd (French Horn), Hugh Seenan (French Horn), Michael Thompson (French Horn),
Richard Bissill (French Horn), Nigel Black (French Horn), Anthony Halstead (French Horn),
David Pyatt (French Horn), Richard Watkins (French Horn)
Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The London Horn Sound
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USA 
6.
Solomon, HWV 67: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Michael Thompson (French Horn), Hugh Seenan (French Horn), Frank Lloyd (French Horn),
Anthony Halstead (French Horn), Nigel Black (French Horn), Richard Bissill (French Horn),
David Pyatt (French Horn), Richard Watkins (French Horn)
Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The London Horn Sound
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1749; London, England 
7.
Carnival in Flanders: Here's that Rainy Day by James Van Heusen
Performer:  Richard Bissill (French Horn), Nigel Black (French Horn), Anthony Halstead (French Horn),
David Pyatt (French Horn), Richard Watkins (French Horn), Michael Thompson (French Horn),
Hugh Seenan (French Horn), Frank Lloyd (French Horn)
Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The London Horn Sound
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; USA 
8.
Russlan and Ludmilla: Overture by Mikhail Glinka
Performer:  Michael Thompson (French Horn), Hugh Seenan (French Horn), Frank Lloyd (French Horn),
Richard Bissill (French Horn), Nigel Black (French Horn), Anthony Halstead (French Horn),
David Pyatt (French Horn), Richard Watkins (French Horn)
Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The London Horn Sound
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1842; Russia 
9.
Tristan und Isolde: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Michael Thompson (French Horn), Hugh Seenan (French Horn), Frank Lloyd (French Horn),
Richard Bissill (French Horn), Nigel Black (French Horn), Anthony Halstead (French Horn),
David Pyatt (French Horn), Richard Watkins (French Horn)
Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The London Horn Sound
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858; Germany 
10.
Bohemian Rhapsody by Freddie Mercury
Performer:  Michael Thompson (French Horn), Hugh Seenan (French Horn), Nigel Black (French Horn),
Frank Lloyd (French Horn), Anthony Halstead (French Horn), David Pyatt (French Horn),
Richard Watkins (French Horn), Richard Bissill (French Horn)
Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The London Horn Sound
11.
Caravan by Edward "Duke" Ellington
Performer:  Nigel Black (French Horn), David Pyatt (French Horn), Anthony Halstead (French Horn),
Richard Watkins (French Horn), Michael Thompson (French Horn), Hugh Seenan (French Horn),
Frank Lloyd (French Horn), Richard Bissill (French Horn)
Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  The London Horn Sound
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; USA 

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 Superb horn sounds...by some of the BEST September 20, 2012 By Robert Reynolds (Charlottesville, VA) See All My Reviews "A tour d' force of horn playing in special arrangements that show off their musical talents in previously unknown but memorable ways...Well worth hearing!" Report Abuse
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