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Dennis Brain ~ Strauss - The Two Horn Concertos & Hindemith - Horn Concerto / Sawallisch

Richard Strauss , Paul Hindemith , Wolfgang Sawallisch , Philharmonia Orchestra , Dennis Brain Audio CD
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Product Details

  • Performer: Dennis Brain
  • Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
  • Composer: Richard Strauss, Paul Hindemith
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classics Imports
  • ASIN: B000002RP0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,374 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I: Allegro
2. II: Andante
3. III: Rondo (Allegro)
4. I: Allegro
5. II: Andante Con Molto
6. III: Rondo (Allegro Molto)
7. I: Moderately Fast
8. II: Very Fast
9. III: Very Slow-Moderately Fast-Fast-Lively-Very Slow

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful hindemith, good Strauss October 18, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I have to start saying that the recording of Hindemith concerto is simply impressive. Wonderful. Many composer were astonished by Dennis playing and wrote pieces specifically for him (Hindemith but also Britten, for instance). Also, the recording here is conducted by Hindemith himself, so I think there are no better performances available. About the Strauss concerti, like a previous reviewer i have to say that in my opinion there could exist other great recordings. Performing these concerti I prefer a more aggressive style, less smooth, more "germanic". Ok, Dennis is anyway great, his music, phrases and sound are milestones and examples for all the horn players, but try to compare (just for the sake) other interpretations (my personal favorite is H.Baumann with Gewandaus/Masur, Philips label).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best. August 10, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
This recording will put any other rendition of Strauss or Hindemith to shame. Brain plays with a lightness, clarity and flow that the masters of today can only dream about. The Hindemith was written for Dennis Brain, and this recording is conducted by the composer himself. The tragedy of Brain's early death is made all the more obvious by recordings like this. If you care about Horn music at all, heckif you care about soloists at all, but this CD.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Standing the test of time October 19, 1999
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This is with out doubt a wonderfull example of this work.The musical ideas and phraseing are great.If you want only one recording of this work this is the one , spoken from a horn player.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Recording September 23, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I was a bit dissapointed by Brain's interpretation of the Strauss concertii but his performance of the Hindemith Concerto was stunning. True, no one can perform that one better than Brain. However, his true forte was in playing the Mozart Horn collection-that is where he shines the most. For a great recording of the Strauss Horn Concerts, I would recommend Gerd Seifert's (retired Principal Horn of the Berlin Philharmonic) rendition of those peices. It just seems that a German-schooled player does a German peice better than an Englishman. Still, this is a great cd if you want the supreme recording of Hindemith's Concerto.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dennis is Dennis. Strauss 1 became his signature piece. October 22, 1999
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Re-mixed from original record I heard 35 years ago ( and still own 4th platter ) Still O.K. No one makes a French Horn sound like a French Horn as Dennis could. These are arguably the best concerti ever written for horn....Strauss 1 is a delightful exercise in showcasing the beauty and versitility of the modern horn...( horn and flute duet in the middle of a concerto??!! )and is wonderfully pleasant to a great range of music listeners. Strauss 2 is my pick for the greatest horn concerto of all time....but one has to understand French Horn to truly appreciate this masterpiece....or perhaps not! Listen and enjoy!
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