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Sinfonia da Caccia - Baumann, Vlatkovic, Brown, ASMF


Release Date: 05/13/2010 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 416815   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Friedrich FaschJean Joseph MouretLeopold Mozart
Performer:  Radovan VlatkovicHermann BaumannTimothy BrownNicholas Hill
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the FieldsLes Trompes de France
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 51 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With the horns recorded in sound both ripe and brilliant, and with Iona Brown and the Academy providing lively and sympathetic support, this is a fun record for anyone who is in love with the sound of the horn.

Mozart's father was particularly fond of the french horn, and here that love affair is splendidly celebrated in two works, the Jagd-Symphonie or "Hunt" Symphony with four horn soloists, colourfully programmatic, and the more conventional Concerto for two horns, well-contrasted with the works by the earlier composers, JeanJoseph Mouret (1682-1738) and Johann Friedrich Fasch (1688-1758).

The Mouret is quite different from the rest, when on Hermann Baumann's suggestion a French ensemble of
Read more five players of the trompe de chasse, or hunting-horn, were asked to perform in this suite of seven lively movements. To put it frankly they make a real racket, not because they fall short on virtuosity but because by the nature of the instruments it is scarcely possible to avoid some flattening on certain notes, and the microtonal results at some points have to be heard to be believed, and with even the more consonant passages rasping savagely. It is all very lively and great fun. A portrait of Hermann Baumann with that group, Les trompes de France, all wearing eighteenth-century hunting uniform decorates the sleeve.

The rest is much more elegant and restful on the ear, though following the programmatic instructions in the first movement of the Leopold Mozart "Hunt" Symphony, you first get gunshots (recorded so vividly they made me jump, thinking something fragile had dropped off a shelf), and then at very brief periodic intervals the yelping of hounds. The colourful impact of the movement is enhanced by the deliberate contrast between the pair of horns in G and the darker horns in D. That portrayal of the hunt itself gets you in the mood for the second movement representing the peace of the forest, and the final elegant minuet.

The other Leopold Mozart work is for two horns, with a sharp distinction between prima and secondo and with many of the most striking virtuoso passages given to the second player. The slow movement is particularly beautiful, with the hunting rhythm of 6/8 reserved for the finale. The first of the three movements of the Concerto by Fasch has a very elaborate programme, based ingeniously on hunting calls 61 the period. That leads to a lyrical slow movement and a solidly Handelian finale.

With the horns recorded in sound both ripe and brilliant, and with Iona Brown and the Academy providing lively and sympathetic support, this is a fun record for anyone who—like Leopold Mozart—is in love with the sound of the horn, but not necessarily one to be played at a single sitting. Hermann Baumann, who over the last year or so has been responsible for so many fine horn records, here shows his virtuoso artistry equally impressively in duet with Radovan Vlatkovic as well as—in the "Hunt" Symphony—the Academy horn players, Timothy Brown and Nicholas Hill.

-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [11/1987]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin, 2 Horns, 2 Oboes, Bassoon, Strings and Basso Continuo in D major "The Hunt" by Johann Friedrich Fasch
Performer:  Radovan Vlatkovic (French Horn), Hermann Baumann (French Horn)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 01/1986 
Venue:  London 
Length: 13 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2.
Suite de Symphonies no 2 by Jean Joseph Mouret
Performer:  Hermann Baumann (French Horn), Radovan Vlatkovic (French Horn)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Les Trompes de France
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1729; France 
Date of Recording: 01/1986 
Venue:  London 
Length: 9 Minutes 35 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for 2 Horns in E flat major by Leopold Mozart
Performer:  Hermann Baumann (French Horn), Radovan Vlatkovic (French Horn)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1752; Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1986 
Venue:  London 
Length: 10 Minutes 4 Secs. 
4.
Symphony in G major, G 9 "Sinfonia da caccia" by Leopold Mozart
Performer:  Timothy Brown (French Horn), Hermann Baumann (French Horn), Radovan Vlatkovic (French Horn),
Nicholas Hill (French Horn)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1986 
Venue:  London 
Length: 10 Minutes 59 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Fantastic Recording June 19, 2013 By doug myers (new fairfield, CT) See All My Reviews "Highly recommended performances by some of the world's finest players .Brilliant !" Report Abuse
 Caccia, a synonym for discord? June 27, 2012 By Fred  S. (Blind Bay, BC) See All My Reviews "The involvement of the late Iona Brown (who I much admired)took me to this disk. The horns simply grated on my nerves. Maybe new music espouses sounds which are unpleasant to the ear but classical composers of earlier times ought not to be lumped therein. I would not recommend the disk therefore." Report Abuse
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