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Four CD set. Dennis Brain is The Horn Player who performs Mozart, Strauss, Beethoven, Hindemith, Wagner, Schumann, Haydn and Jacob.The Siegfried of the horn' is how Sir Thomas Beecham affectionately dubbed Dennis Brain, the brilliant horn player whose career ended with such cruel suddenness when the car in which he was driving home overnight from the 1957 Edinburgh Festival crashed into a tree on the outskirts of London. Beecham's graceful description derives from the hero's horn-call in Wagner's opera, music that had come to be particularly associated with Brain: he had played it to illustrate the horn's capabilities in HMV's 1947 recording Instruments of the Orchestra, and in the 1950s, the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, had called him in for three successive seasons to play the taxing horn passages in the company's Ring cycles.

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Product Details

  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Richard Strauss, Ludwig van Beethoven, Richard Wagner, Robert Schumann, et al.
  • Audio CD (September 2, 2008)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: EMI Classics / Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B00166QKJC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,112 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Buck Bauer on December 16, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Like many young students of the horn, back in the 1970's, I was inspired by the music on the Seraphim LP "The Art of Dennis Brain." I particularly loved the performance of the Minuet and Trio from Dittersdorf's Partita in D, something I was no longer able to enjoy after my turntable [record player] died, late in the previous century, and the album was never re-released on CD.

Imagine my joy to find that the identical recording is listed among the twenty-five performances in this four-CD set, as are all the other tracks from that Seraphim LP.

Imagine my disappointment when I found that the track labeled

Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf
Partita in D
Minuet & Trio
London Baroque Ensemble
Karl Haas

is NOT the identically-labeled music from the Seraphim LP. It is either from some other Dittersdorf Partita in D, or from something else entirely. [It is not one of the set of Dittersdorf Partitas [KM2101] published by Breitkopf & Härtel.] Somebody at EMI seems to have "dropped the ball" on this one. If anyone reading this review ever learns where the "original" can be heard, please leave that information here in a review of this album. Thanks!

December 31, 2008 elaboration:

This set is also available from other sellers under the name "Dennis Brain The Horn Player." Do not be confused by the differing titles -- they are the same item.

Another reviewer suggested going to the EMI site to see a full list of the tracks in this set. I found their list to be a mess, with duplications. I've tried to sort the entries in that list, into the order in which they appear according to the list in the booklet that accompanies the set.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Hals on November 2, 2008
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Dennis Brain was the greatest horn player of the 20th century and this is the greatest collection of his recordings I've found yet. The famous 1953 recordings of the Mozart horn concertos conducted by Karajan are included. There are a plethora of other wonderful gems in this set.

The EMI website has the entire track list and notes posted online. Do yourself a favor and read those. They do a wonderful job of highlighting each recording. This is truly a unmatched collection of Brain's best recordings.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Atwell on October 31, 2008
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A truly classic recording spanning the career of the greatest horn player of the 20th century. The early recordings of the Mozart concerti, not previoulsy released are a real treat-such youthful bravura and reckless abandon in the playing and cadenzas. I would highly recommend this recording.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By birdwalker on November 3, 2009
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This set -- what I've heard of it -- is incredible. Unfortunately the third disc, with the Strauss two horn concertos, is blank. I've contacted importcds, from whom I bought it, and they will give me a refund if I return the set, but I am so thrilled with discs 1, 2 and 4 that I am loathe to give them up. In fact, the set is so wonderful that I just sent for a single CD with most of the contents of the faulty disc sent me; (importcds refuses to replace the faulty disc, even though the EMI site suggests that purchasers should use that route to handle such problems, and the seller then will return the faulty merchandise to them).

One of the fascinating things about the set is that contains an early recording of two of Mozart's horn concertos as well as two later recordings of the same works. The difference is significant, and brings into sharp relief Dennis Brain's genius. With the reservation that the set might not be such a bargain after all, I do recommend purchase: this is too good to miss.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By hoedlmoser on June 30, 2011
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The whole set of 4 CDs is a must for Horn and Dennis Brain fans.
But watch out! On CD 4 track 11 should be Dittersdorf Minuet & Trio.
The Trio with its "high staccato arpeggio for first horn and the legato bass line of the 2nd horn" (as described by Alan Civil on the LP disk 45 years ago) is missing!
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