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Mozart: Horn Concertos 1-4; Horn Quintet / David Pyatt

Mozart / Pyatt
Release Date: 09/24/2010 
Label:  Apex   Catalog #: 2564681619   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David PyattKenneth SillitoStephen OrtonRobert Smissen,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

At last a clutch of Mozart horn concertos for our decade and I suspect, for quite it bit longer as well. David Pyatt, Gramophone's Young Artist of the Year in 1996, has provided performances in which calm authority and high imagination fuse; and this new disc is ideally placed in the catalogue between the nobility and urbanity of Dennis Brain 40 years ago, and the more relaxed, plain-speaking Barry Tuckwell of 1984. Although there can be no direct comparison with Anthony Halstead and his valveless, period-horn performance, Pyatt's is very much in that mode of stipple, understated and often witty playing, accompanied by truly discriminating orchestral forces.

Even within the comparatively simple material of the First Concerto
Read more (K412), and the maestoso of the Second Concerto's opening, soloist and orchestra create it constantly shifting and lively pattern of dynamic relationships. Pyatt's orchestral colleagues are real playmates, and seem never quite to forget the scene of Mozart making his original horn-player, Joseph Leutgeh, crouch behind the kitchen stove, and crawl on all fours, catching the sheets of manuscript paper as Mozart tossed them into the air, ink still wet.

Pyatt makes the music's song and meditation very much his own, too. Compared with the dark, dream-like cantabile of Dennis Brain, he offers in the Second Concerto (K417) an Andante of cultivated conversation and varied inflexion and, in the Third (K447) a Romance of barely moving breath and light, almost suspended pianissimos. His finales trip the light fantastic. The Second Concerto's springing rhythms reveal wonderfully clear high notes; the Third is nimble and debonair without being quite as patrician as Brain's; and the Fourth (K495) creates real mischief in its effervescent articulation within the subtlest dynamic levels.

The cadenzas by Terry Wooding (to the first movements of the Third and Fourth Concertos) epitomize Pyatt's performances as a whole: longer and more daringly imaginative than those of either Brain or Tuckwell, while remaining sensitively scaled and fancifully idiomatic. The concertos are, uniquely, coupled with a line performance of the Horn Quintet in E flat, with members of the ASMF.

-- HF, Gramophone Reviewing original release, Erato 17074
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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:  David Pyatt (French Horn)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Concerto for Horn no 2 in E flat major, K 417 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Pyatt (French Horn)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Concerto for Horn no 3 in E flat major, K 447 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Pyatt (French Horn)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784-1787; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Concerto for Horn no 4 in E flat major, K 495 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  David Pyatt (French Horn)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Quintet for Horn, Violin, 2 Violas and Cello in E flat major, K 407 (386c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Kenneth Sillito (Violin), Stephen Orton (Cello), Robert Smissen (Viola),
Stephen Tees (Viola), David Pyatt (French Horn)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

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 Mozart done right September 28, 2017 By D. Jewell (Binghamton, NY) See All My Reviews "David Pyatt performs the 4 standard concertos for horn with the ASMITF, and does so in an exceptionally beautiful, expressive manner. His tone is round, warm, and full of color, and the playing of the orchestra is lively, and responsive. There is vigor and strength in his performances, giving these concertos more depth than I have heard in quite awhile. The tempos chosen are first-rate, allowing the artists to express everything without either being rushed and having to blur phrases, or too slow where one starts to feel like everyone involved is waiting for the phrase to catch up. In short, these performances stand out by not being what can easily become a routine performance of these acknowledged standard concertos. Pyatt gives us a finely wrought, expressive performance full of beauty, grace, and strength, just what these need to fully live." Report Abuse
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