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Debut - Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart: Music For Horn / Clark


Release Date: 11/17/2009 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 72822   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartLudwig van BeethovenJohannes Brahms
Performer:  Jane RogersCatherine MartinAlison McGillivrayKatherine McGillivray,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Galant
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

An endlessly refreshing disc, guaranteed to make the listener fall in love with the ripe and tangy tone of the natural valveless Waldhorn.

This is a disc guaranteed to make the listener fall in love with the ripe, fruity, often tangy tone of the natural valveless Waldhorn, beautifully caught in the EMI recording. Though Andrew Clark, who graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1987, is well established in various period-performance groups, this EMI Debut disc is his first full solo recording, offering the most tempting grouping of works.

There is a flamboyance in his playing which has one reassessing even the lesser works here. In the Beethoven Sextet, Clark and his horn partner Roger
Read more Montgomery take the lead, seductively bringing Out the antiphonal effects between horns and strings, and having one marvel at the chromatic writing in the central section of the Adagio. Despite the late opus number, this is an early work of 1796, written - as Clark himself explains in his highly informative, if brief, note to test the prowess of Nicolaus Simrock, the composer's mentor in writing for horn and later a celebrated publisher.

Both in the Sextet and in the Horn Sonata Clark is splendid in pointing Beethoven's sharp syncopations. He takes issue with Barry Tuckwell over his preference for the modern horn in this sonata (Decca, 8/75 - nla), suggesting that the effect of alternating open and stopped notes on the Waldhorn, whether comical or not, is something Beethoven clearly intended. In Mozart, too, Clark's rhythmic flair could not be more winning, whether in the charming miniatures of the duos or the Outer movements of the Quintet, even if a slow pace is set in the Andante.

Where in the Beethoven sonata the balance with the fortepiano favours the horn, the balance in the Brahms is fairer, with Geoffrey Govier opting for a 1971/2 Bosendorfer. Thanks to Clark's artistry, the natural horn movingly intensifies the elegiac quality of the slow movement (written soon after the death of the composer's mother), while his agility in the hunting-horn finale is breathtaking. An endlessly refreshing disc.

-- Gramophone [8/1999]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quintet for Horn, Violin, 2 Violas and Cello in E flat major, K 407 (386c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Jane Rogers (Viola), Catherine Martin (Violin), Alison McGillivray (Cello),
Katherine McGillivray (Viola), Andrew [French Horn] Clark (Natural Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Galant
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  St. Michael's Church, Highgate, London 
Length: 15 Minutes 51 Secs. 
2.
Duos (12) for 2 Horns, K 487 (496a): no 1, Allegro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Andrew [French Horn] Clark (Natural Horn), Robert Montgomery (Natural Horn)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  St. Michael's Church, Highgate, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 16 Secs. 
3.
Sextet for 2 Horns and Strings in E flat major, Op. 81b by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Andrea Morris (Violin), Alison McGillivray (Cello), Katherine McGillivray (Viola),
Robert Montgomery (Natural Horn), Catherine Martin (Violin), Andrew [French Horn] Clark (Natural Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Galant
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1795; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  St. Michael's Church, Highgate, London 
Length: 15 Minutes 3 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Horn and Piano in F major, Op. 17 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Andrew [French Horn] Clark (Natural Horn), Geoffrey Govier (Fortepiano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  St. Michael's Church, Highgate, London 
Length: 14 Minutes 46 Secs. 
5.
Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano in E flat major, Op. 40 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Catherine Martin (Violin), Geoffrey Govier (Piano), Andrew [French Horn] Clark (Natural Horn)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  St. Michael's Church, Highgate, London 
Length: 28 Minutes 9 Secs. 
6.
Duos (12) for 2 Horns, K 487 (496a): no 3, Andante by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Robert Montgomery (Natural Horn), Andrew [French Horn] Clark (Natural Horn)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1997 
Venue:  St. Michael's Church, Highgate, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 3 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Quintet for Horn and Strings in E flat major, K407/K386c: First movement: Allegro
Quintet for Horn and Strings in E flat major, K407/K386c: Second movement: Andante
Quintet for Horn and Strings in E flat major, K407/K386c: Third movement: Allegro
Duos for Horn in E flat major, KV 487: Duo 1 Allegro
Duos for Horn in E flat major, KV 487: Duo 3: Andante
Sextet in E flat major, Op. 81b: First movement: Allegro con brio
Sextet in E flat major, Op. 81b: Second movement: Adagio
Sextet in E flat major, Op. 81b: Third movement: Rondo (Allegro)
Sonata for Horn and Piano in F major, Op. 17: First movement: Allegro moderato
Sonata for Horn and Piano in F major, Op. 17: Second movement: Poco adagio quasi Andante
Sonata for Horn and Piano in F major, Op. 17: Third movement: Rondo (Allegro moderato)
Horn Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano in E flat major, Op. 40: First movement: Andante
Horn Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano in E flat major, Op. 40: Second movement: Scherzo (Allegro)
Horn Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano in E flat major, Op. 40: Third movement: Adagio mesto
Horn Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano in E flat major, Op. 40: Fourth movement: Finale (Allegro con brio)

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