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listen  1. Brahms: Horn Trio in E-flat major Op. 40: AndanteLowell Greer, Steven Lubin & Stephanie Chase 8:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Brahms: Horn Trio in E-flat major Op. 40: Scherzo: AllegroLowell Greer, Steven Lubin & Stephanie Chase 7:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Brahms: Horn Trio in E-flat major Op. 40: Adagio mestoLowell Greer, Steven Lubin & Stephanie Chase 7:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Brahms: Horn Trio in E-flat major Op. 40: Finale: Allegro con brioLowell Greer, Steven Lubin & Stephanie Chase 6:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Beethoven: Horn Sonata in F major Op. 17: Allegro moderatoLowell Greer & Steven Lubin 8:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Beethoven: Horn Sonata in F major Op. 17: Poco adagio - quasi andanteLowell Greer & Steven Lubin 1:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Beethoven: Horn Sonata in F major Op. 17: Rondo: Allegro moderatoLowell Greer & Steven Lubin 5:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Krufft: Horn Sonata in F major: Allegro moderatoLowell Greer & Steven Lubin10:45Album Only
listen  9. Krufft: Horn Sonata in F major: Andante espressivoLowell Greer & Steven Lubin 4:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Krufft: Horn Sonata in F major: Rondo: Alla PolaccaLowell Greer & Steven Lubin 5:28$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Lowell Green, Steven Lubin, Stephanie Chase
  • Composer: Johannes Brahms
  • Audio CD (September 11, 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: harmonia Mundi Classical Express
  • ASIN: B00005MNIW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,807 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Adam Lippold on January 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This disc is great! There are just not enough good comments that one can make after listening to it. All of the pieces are recognizable, except for the von Kruft, which I had never heard before listening to this album.

All the pieces are played on period instruments; because of this, the album seems to have a constant sense of warmth. This is most noticeable in the Brahms piece. There are many good modern recordings, such as the one with Tuckwell, Perlman, and Ashkenazy that should be familiar, but this one has a different feel to it. When the horn comes in in the first movement there is this sound that almost gives me chills. It is so rich and smooth and soft-probably one of the most beautful sounds that I have heard on a horn recording. The rest of the piece is utterly brilliant as all three musicians blend together well; you can hear all three parts very clearly and they do not outplay one another. There is a great cohesiveness that is found here that I do not necessarily find on the Tuckwell version mentioned above. On that version, Tuckwell seems to try to be more virtuoistic than a member of a trio. This version played by Lowell Greer is possibley the best interpretation that I have ever heard.

The Beethoven sonata is also a nice inclusion. This gives the listener a new perspective on a familiar piece. Once again, there is this warmth that comes from the horn and piano molding and blending together. With this piece, it is easy to tell how free blowing the horn is. The notes, even the ones that need to be created with the hand, seem to ring from the horn with an ease that I have not heard since Dennis Brain. The tempo taken here is just right: it is not too slow and it is not too fast. The moderate tempo is extremely evident in the third movement.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rajheet Sandoz on November 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The performance of the Brahms on the natural horn is astounding. Lowell Greer is a real master and he lets you hear things that are hidden when the Brahms Horn Trio is played on a modern valve horn. I will never hear this piece the same again, and I guess I will have to rethink my own future performances.

The Beethoven Sonata also gains new meaning and insights on the natural horn and is worth a listen.

The von Krufft is well played but not my cup of tea.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gary D. Gardner, Music Director on June 18, 2008
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Brahms had a personal affinity with the "waldhorn" illustrated in an actual photo of him with the Wiener Waldhorn Verein in which he reportedly played the hunting horn. Therefore his "Horn Trio" was written with the concept of the natural horn in his mind. However, by the time of the Romantic Era, many hornists had switched over to the valved horn. So even in Brahms' lifetime hornists played his Trio on the valve horn because of its demanding virtuosity. Fortunately on this recording Lowell Greer has once again captured the magic of the more appropriate natural horn sound; the sound Brahms had in mind. In addition, Stephanie Chase demonstrates her world-class musicianship on violin with Steven Lubin on the pianoforte of Brahms' era. For unknown reasons many musicologists believe that the Adagio mesto third movement of the Trio is perhaps the saddest and most emotionally moving of all of Brahms' compositions. Although it may be unrelated, the Trio was written around the time of the death of Brahms' mother. This heart wrenching sentiment in lovingly delivered by Lubin, Chase, and Greer on this recording.

The well-known Beethoven Horn Sonata and lesser-known Krufft Sonata are also gorgeously presented by Greer and Lubin on this recording. It is interesting to note that Lowell Greer uses three different era-specific natural horns for each of the three selections on this recording.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Richford on April 14, 2006
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Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897), Trio in E Flat Major for Piano, Violin and Horn, Op. 40 (written in 1865);
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827): Sonata in F Major for Horn and Piano, Op. 17 (written in 1800);
Nikolaus von Krufft (1779 – 1818): Sonata in F Major for Horn and Piano (written approx. 1800).
Performed by: Lowell Greer, natural horn; Steven Lubin, pianoforte and fortepiano; and Stephanie Chase, violin.
Recorded in December, 1990, at the State University of New York at Purchase.
Harmonia Mundi. Re-released in 2001 as HCX 3957037 as part of the Classical Express series. Total time: 64'45".

This recording brings together three American musicians whom I greatly admire, and if I award the CD four stars instead of five (as most other reviewers have done and in contrast to the enthusiastic encomiums of “Gramophone” magazine), then that should not in any way be interpreted as deprecating the amazing musicianship to be heard here. My reasons for deducting a star are firstly, that I don’t feel that either the music (in particular the Brahms, the longest piece on the disc) nor the sound of the horns used here (all French-manufactured and particularly well-suited to the repertoire) can quite match up to the sheer magnificence and beauty heard on Lowell Greer’s recording of Mozart’s Horn Concertos (ASIN: B000056F7K). Well, of course Brahms and Beethoven are not Mozart, so this is just a subjective judgement coming from someone who loves 18th century music.
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