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Magic of the French Horn


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1. La Choisy - (For Horns And Orchestra)
2. Andante Sostenuto - (For Horn And Harp)
3. Concerto For Horn And Orchestra: Allegro
4. Concerto For Horn And Orchestra: Andante
5. Concerto For Horn And Orchestra: Allegro
6. Rondo KV371- (For Horn And Orchestra) In E-Flat Major
7. Concerto No. 4, KV 495 For Horn And Orchestra In E-Flat Major: Romanza - (andante)
8. Concerto No. 4, KV 495 For Horn And Orchestra In E-Flat Major: Rondo - (Allegro vivace)
9. Sonata - (For Horn And Harp) - Andante
10. Villanelle - (For Piano And Orchestra)
11. Conzertstuck Op. 86 - For 4 Horns And Orchestra: Lebhaft
12. Conzertstuck Op. 86 - For 4 Horns And Orchestra: Romanze, Sehr lebhaft

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  • Audio CD (August 2, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B000005EC4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,401 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jason Dudycha ( vision101@hotmail.com ) on July 1, 1999
The first, eighth, and eleventh tracks on this CD were awesome. It was one of the best recordings of Conzertstuk I've ever heard. The second movement to Mozart's 4th was superb, and Corette's horn quartet was equally superb. However, the rest of the songs (while good) weren't of the best recording quailty. But the playing remained magnificent. I would definitely reccomend this one to any horn afficionado.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By David Allsopp on September 15, 2000
I studied Horn at the Royal Academy of Music in the early 80's. The trend was already moving away from the huge sound of the wide bored instruments of the 70's. If you like French horn tone to remind you of Disney's Fantasia then do not buy this CD, but if you admire a sensitive and refined performance you won't do better than this. The tone is east European with its distinctive yet subtle vibrato. The Conzertstuck is awesome. (Listen for the 1st horn freaking out at 40,000 feet in the last movement at 7:52)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dunder-Mifflin on April 9, 2006
I am not a musician, but a music lover and just happened to stumble upon this magnificent CD by accident. I am now an avid fan of the french horn. If you can get your hands on a copy, buy it! Enjoy.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Zeev Saffir on April 6, 2004
This CD on the Erato label has many great selections including the rare Konzertstuck for hour horns in orchestra. However, the performers play with too much vibrato, particularly on the pieces from the classical era. Even though the collection includes the incredible Konzertstuck, it is played most poorly, with a very obvious crack on the high E. If you want an alternate recording of the Konzertstuck, there is a phenomenal one with Gerard Schwarz and the Seattle Symphony on the Delos label. If it is the Mozart concerti you want, I suggest the classic Dennis Brain recordings. If you really enjoy the sound of vibrato on a horn, then get this CD. You will not find horns that play with more vibrato than these guys.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Wai Kit Leung on March 19, 2009
Georges Barboteu was one of the most technically and musically gifted horn players ever recorded. He can move you with his wonderful phrasing and ample vibrato. The vibrato may be too amply for some, but if you are not die-hard no-vibrato horn fans, this CD is for you.

If you want to hear more of Georges Barboteu, you can hear him in French Baroque fanfares and suites:

Simphonies & Fanfares

Another well-known horn player from France from the older days, Pierre del Vascovo, is also featured here. I find him not quite at the (very high) level of Barboteu, but he is a very good player on his own right. He can be heard on Schumann's Adagio and Allegro on this Erato reissue:

Schumann: Chamber Music

I am partial to the French school with ample vibrato and am not as crazy for the modern generation of French players, which are featured on the Concertstucke here.
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