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Baroque.horn / Gross, Clevenger, Capella Istropolitana


Release Date: 01/13/2009 
Label:  Summit Records   Catalog #: 511   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Joachim QuantzJohann NerudaJohann David HeinichenJohann Georg Röllig,   ... 
Performer:  Steven Gross
Conductor:  Dale Clevenger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

BAROQUE HORN Steven Gross (hn); Steve Durnin (hn 1 ); Dale Clevenger, cond; Capella Istropolitana SUMMIT 511 (60:24)



BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 2. QUANTZ Horn Concerto in E?. HEINICHEN 1 Concerto in F for Two Horns. Read more class="COMPOSER12">RÖLLIG Horn Concerto in E?. NERUDA Horn Concerto in E?

"Baroque Horn contains five concertos that are, as George Gelles indicates in his excellent booklet notes, “neither strictly Baroque nor fully formed Classical but composed in the empfindsamer Stil (or ‘sensitive style’), also called the style galant (or ‘galant style’), which sought to make musical discourse less regimented and formulaic, more natural and expressive.” All five concertos were written by composers who spent at least part of their career in Dresden, one of the key venues for the development of horn playing in the 18th century. Quantz did not match in quantity for the horn as many concertos as he had for the flute (around 300), but he did turn out more than a dozen, as did the more obscure Johann Georg Röllig.


Gross’s choices by these two composers are the same ones Tuckwell recorded nearly a quarter of a century go. Stylistically, the two approaches are as different as night and day. Tuckwell’s performances breeze along with great panache and brilliance, with the harpsichord adding a prominent color to the sonority. Gross’s approach is more romantic, weightier, with the harpsichord barely audible. While Tuckwell’s is surely the more “authentic,” Gross’s is equally enjoyable for the haunting beauty of his tone and the sense of commitment he brings to his playing. One needn’t be a horn player to appreciate the sensational technical displays to be found in this music.


Also of note on Gross’s disc is the replacement of the traditional trumpet by the horn in Bach’s Second Brandenburg Concerto. Gross gives four reasons for this in the booklet notes, most convincing of which is that in using the horn, all the concertino instruments play in the same register, whereas the trumpet “is an octave higher and dominates the other solo players.” He definitely has a point here. The performance, as elsewhere on the disc, is of sterling radiance and luster."


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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Horn in E flat major by Johann Joachim Quantz
Performer:  Steven Gross (French Horn)
Conductor:  Dale Clevenger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
2.
Concerto for Horn in E flat major by Johann Neruda
Performer:  Steven Gross (French Horn)
Conductor:  Dale Clevenger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Baroque 
3.
Concerto for 2 Horns and 2 Flutes in F major by Johann David Heinichen
Performer:  Steven Gross (French Horn)
Conductor:  Dale Clevenger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
4.
Concerto for Horn no 14 in E flat major by Johann Georg Röllig
Performer:  Steven Gross (French Horn)
Conductor:  Dale Clevenger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
5.
Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Steven Gross (French Horn)
Conductor:  Dale Clevenger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1718; ?Cöthen, Germany 

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