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Glière: Horn Concerto ; Dukas, Chabrier / Baumann, Masur


Release Date: 05/07/2007 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 416380   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Emmanuel ChabrierPaul DukasReinhold GliereCamille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Hermann Baumann
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 47 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Glière is the most ambitious work here, running for nearly 23 minutes, almost a record length for a horn concerto. It is very florid and romantic—its unlikely model is Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, to which it comes nearest in the finale which is a lively Russian dance. Although some of the material is ingenuous, notably the march rhythm of the first movement, it is quite a jolly piece and has much in common with the Richard Strauss concertos. Otherwise the best known work is the Dukas Villanelle which Dennis Brain liked to play, and which is attractively diverse in mood and style, although essentially a miniature. The Saint-Saëns Morceau, elegant and characteristically well crafted, is in two sections, with a short Read more virtuoso finale. But the real find here is the Chabrier Larghetto,/an extended melisma (8'29"), distinctly memorable, which Baumann plays very sympathetically.

Throughout he is equal to all the fireworks and he produces a horn 'chord' in his cadenza for the first movement of the Gliêre. He also favours judicious use of vibrato which is fair enough in Russian and French music, but coupled with the spreading of timbre brought about by the spaciously reverberant Leipzig acoustic, his big, broad sound may not appeal to all listeners. The accompaniments have plenty of energy and are finely played. In such a resonant ambience as the Neues Gewandhaus, Leipzig even digital recording cannot produce a sharply focused sound image and the difference between LP and CD is marginal. But, apart from the resounding horn, the balance is rich, full and agreeable.

-- Gramophone [8/1987]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Larghetto for Horn and Orchestra by Emmanuel Chabrier
Performer:  Hermann Baumann (French Horn)
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1985 
Venue:  Neues Gewandhaus, Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 29 Secs. 
2.
Villanelle for Horn and Piano by Paul Dukas
Performer:  Hermann Baumann (French Horn)
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1911; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1985 
Venue:  Neues Gewandhaus, Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Vitalij Bujanowski 
3.
Concerto for Horn in B flat major, Op. 91 by Reinhold Gliere
Performer:  Hermann Baumann (French Horn)
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1950; USSR 
Date of Recording: 09/1985 
Venue:  Neues Gewandhaus, Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 22 Minutes 53 Secs. 
4.
Morceau de concert for Horn and Orchestra in F minor, Op. 94 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Hermann Baumann (French Horn)
Conductor:  Kurt Masur
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; France 
Date of Recording: 09/1985 
Venue:  Neues Gewandhaus, Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 34 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Horn Concerto in B flat, Op.91: 1. Allegro
Horn Concerto in B flat, Op.91: 2. Andante
Horn Concerto in B flat, Op.91: 3. Moderato
Morceau de Concert, Op.94 for Horn and Orchestra: 1. Allegro moderato
Morceau de Concert, Op.94 for Horn and Orchestra: 2. Allegro non troppo
Larghetto for Horn and Orchestra
Villanelle for Horn and Orchestra

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