Dennis Brain - Homage

Release Date: 6/4/2021
Catalog Number: 501992
Number of Discs: 11

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“In his warm and serene person all the essential qualities of the great interpretative artist were blended in perfect harmony.” Dennis Brain’s life was cut short in 1957 when he was just 36, but he had already assured his reputation as the greatest horn-player of the 20th century. He remains an exemplar for his successors today. “Technical problems did not exist for him,” continued the eulogy written by Walter Legge, EMI’s legendary producer and founder of the Philharmonia Orchestra. ”Over his instrument’s whole range he had a mastery of intonation, of legato, of staccato, of dynamic range and, above all, of expressiveness.” This 11CD collection presents all his Warner recordings as concerto soloist and chamber and ensemble player – including music composed with him in mind – and his most notable contributions to symphonic, choral and operatic works. He performs in several CD premieres – music by Handel, Strauss, Richard Arnell and Norman Forber Kay – and a 1953 recording now released for the first time: Vincent d’Indy’s wind septet Chanson et danses.

Works on This Recording
1. Divertimento for 2 Horns and Strings no 17 in D major, K 334 (320b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn), Aubrey Brain (Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Léner String Quartet
Period: Classical
Written: 1779-1780 ; Salzburg, Austria
2. Concerto for Horn no 2 in E flat major, K 417 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
Conductor: Walter Susskind
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1783 ; Vienna, Austria
3. Concerto for Horn no 4 in E flat major, K 495 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Hallé Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1786 ; Vienna, Austria
4. Così fan tutte, K 588: Per pietà, ben mio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Joan Cross (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: 1790 ;
5. Sonata for Horn and Piano in F major, Op. 17 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn), Denis Matthews (Piano)
Period: Classical
Written: 1800 ; Vienna, Austria
6. Concerto for Horn no 1 in E flat major, Op. 11 by Richard Strauss
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
Conductor: Alceo Galliera
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1882-1883 ; Germany
7. Divertimento for 2 Oboes, 2 Bassoons and 2 Horns in E flat major, K 289 (271g) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dennis Brain Wind Ensemble
Period: Classical
Written: 1777 ; Salzburg, Austria
8. Adagio and Allegro for Cello and Piano in A flat major, Op. 70 by Robert Schumann
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn), Gerald Moore (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1849 ; Germany
9. Così fan tutte, K 588: Per pietà, ben mio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
Conductor: Fritz Busch
Orchestra/Ensemble: Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra
Written: 1790 ;
10. Symphony No. 31 in D major ("Hornsignal"), H. 1/31: I Allegro by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1765 ;
11. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: 7. Notturno by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
Conductor: Rafael Kubelik
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1843 ; Germany
12. A Mass of Life: Prelude to Part 2 by Frederick Delius
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1904-1908 ; France
13. Siegfried: Siegfried's Horn Call by Richard Wagner
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1871 ; Germany
14. Villanelle by Paul Dukas
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
Written: 1906 ;
15. Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat major, K 452 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn), Colin Horsley (Piano), Leonard Brain (Oboe), Stephen Waters (Clarinet), Cecil James (Bassoon)
Period: Classical
Written: 1784 ; Vienna, Austria
16. Eine musikalischer Spass, K 522 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn), Neill Sanders (Horn)
Conductor: Guido Cantelli
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1787 ; Vienna, Austria
17. Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat major, K 452 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn), Walter Gieseking (Piano), Sidney Sutcliffe (Oboe), Bernard Walton (Clarinet), Cecil James (Bassoon)
Period: Classical
Written: 1784 ; Vienna, Austria
18. Divertimento for 2 Oboes, 2 Bassoons and 2 Horns no 14 in B flat major, K 270 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn), George Malcolm (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dennis Brain Ensemble
Period: Classical
Written: 1777 ; Salzburg, Austria
19. Quartet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 16 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn), Walter Gieseking (Piano), Sidney Sutcliffe (Oboe), Bernard Walton (Clarinet), Cecil James (Bassoon)
Period: Classical
Written: 1796 ; Vienna, Austria
20. Concerto for Horn no 1 in E flat major, Op. 11 by Richard Strauss
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1882-1883 ; Germany
21. Concerto for Horn no 2 in E flat major, AV 132 by Richard Strauss
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1942 ; Germany
22. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: 7. Notturno by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
Conductor: Paul Kletzki
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1843 ; Germany
23. Concerto for Hose-pipe and Strings: 3rd movement by Leopold Mozart
Performer: Dennis Brain (Hose-Pipe)
Conductor: Norman Del Mar
Orchestra/Ensemble: Morley College Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical
24. Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano, Op. 44 by Lennox Berkeley
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn), Manoug Parikian (Violin), Colin Horsley (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1952 ;
25. Concerto for Horn by Paul Hindemith
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
Conductor: Paul Hindemith
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1949 ; USA
26. Sextet for Piano and Winds in B flat major, Op. 6 by Gordon Jacob
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn), George Malcolm (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dennis Brain Ensemble
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1962 ; England
27. Pièces brèves (3) for Wind Quintet by Jacques Ibert
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Dennis Brain Ensemble
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1930 ; France
28. Concerto for Horn no 1 in D major, K 412 (386b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1791 ; Vienna, Austria
29. Concerto for Horn no 2 in E flat major, K 417 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1783 ; Vienna, Austria
30. Concerto for Horn no 3 in E flat major, K 447 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1784-1787 ; Vienna, Austria
31. Concerto for Horn no 4 in E flat major, K 495 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1786 ; Vienna, Austria
32. Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Quoniam tu solus sanctus by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1747-1749 ; Leipzig, Germany
33. Così fan tutte, K 588: Per pietà, ben mio by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: 1790 ;
34. Sinfonia concertante for Winds in E flat major, K 297b (K Anh 9) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn), Sidney Sutcliffe (Oboe), Cecil James (Bassoon)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: 1778 ;
35. Divertimento for 2 Horns and Strings no 15 in B flat major, K 287 (271H) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn), Sidney Sutcliffe (Oboe)
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical
Written: 1776 ; Salzburg, Austria
36. Overture for Winds in D major, HWV 424 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn), Gervase de Peyer (Clarinet), Frederick Thurston (Clarinet)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1741 ;
37. Arias (2) for Winds: no 1 in F, HWV 410 by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1725 ; London, England
38. Arias (2) for Winds: no 2 in F, HWV 411: Gavotte Varie by George Frideric Handel
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
Period: Baroque
Written: c125 ; London, England
39. Divertimento in C major by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
Conductor: Karl Haas
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Baroque Ensemble
Period: Classical
40. Notturno for 2 lire organizzate, 2 clarinets, 2 horns, 2 violas & bass in C major, H. 2/25 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
Conductor: Karl Haas
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Baroque Ensemble
Period: Classical
Written: by 1790 ;
41. Serenade for Winds no 11 in E flat major, K 375 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
Conductor: Karl Haas
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Baroque Ensemble
Period: Classical
Written: 1781 ; Vienna, Austria
42. Serenade for Winds no 12 in C minor, K 388 (384a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
Conductor: Karl Haas
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Baroque Ensemble
Period: Classical
Written: 1782 ; Vienna, Austria
43. Sonatas (6) for 2 Flutes, 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns & Bassoon, Wq 184, H. 629-634 by Carl Philipp Emmanuel Bach
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
Conductor: Karl Haas
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Baroque Ensemble
44. Partita in D major by Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
Conductor: Karl Haas
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Baroque Ensemble
45. Serenade for Winds no 11 in E flat major, K 375 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
Conductor: Karl Haas
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Baroque Ensemble
Period: Classical
Written: 1781 ; Vienna, Austria
46. Serenade for Winds no 12 in C minor, K 388 (384a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
Conductor: Karl Haas
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Baroque Ensemble
Period: Classical
Written: 1782 ; Vienna, Austria
47. Serenade for Winds in D minor, Op. 44 by Antonín Dvořák
Conductor: Karl Haas
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Baroque Ensemble
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878 ; Bohemia
48. Petite Symphonie for 9 Winds in B flat major by Charles Gounod
Conductor: Karl Haas
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Baroque Ensemble
Period: Romantic
Written: 1885 ; France
49. Sonatina no 2 in E flat major, AV 143 "Fröhliche Werkstatt" by Richard Strauss
Conductor: Karl Haas
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Baroque Ensemble
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1944-1945 ; Germany
50. Viennese Dances (11), WoO 17 "Mödlinger Tänze": Excerpt(s) by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
Conductor: Karl Haas
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Baroque Ensemble
Period: Classical
Written: 1819 ; Vienna, Austria
51. Chanson et dances, Op. 50 by Vincent D'Indy
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn), Gareth Morris (Flute), Sidney Sutcliffe (Oboe), Bernard Walton (Clarinet)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1898 ; France
52. Suite for 13 Winds in B flat major, Op. 4 by Richard Strauss
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
Conductor: Karl Haas
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Baroque Ensemble
Period: Romantic
Written: 1884 ; Germany
53. Serenade for 10 Winds and Double bass, Op. 57 by Richard Arnell
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn)
Conductor: Karl Haas
Orchestra/Ensemble: London Baroque Ensemble
54. Miniature Quartet for Winds by Norman Forber Kay
Performer: Dennis Brain (Horn), Richard Adeney (Flute), Stephen Waters (Clarinet), Cecil James (Bassoon)
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