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John Cerminaro, Horn: Sonatas by Beethoven, Hindemith and Heiden

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Any horn player who can go lip-to-lip with Dennis Brain, even given a superior instrument and recording, deserves many bravos. John Cerminaro does just that. --Fanfare, Sep/Oct 1992

If you like the horn, you'll find this worth hearing. --American Record Guide, Nov/Dec 1992

Beginning with the most difficult piece ever written for horn, Bozza's En Foret, Cerminaro plays the devilish passages with such facility that one almost wants to find a composer who will write something even more difficult to give him a real challenge. --On The Air Magazine, Aug. 1992

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. En Foret
  2. Nocturno, op. 7
  3. Sonata In F For Horn And Piano, Op. 17: Allegro moderato
  4. Sonata In F For Horn And Piano, Op. 17: Poco Adagio
  5. Sonata In F For Horn And Piano, Op. 17: Allegro molto
  6. Reverie
  7. Sonata For Horn And Piano: Moderato
  8. Sonata For Horn And Piano: Tempo di Minuetto
  9. Sonata For Horn And Piano: Rondo; Allegretto
  10. Apres un Reve, Op. 7, No. 1 - Gabriel Faure
  11. Sonata For Horn In F And Piano: Massig bewegt
  12. Sonata For Horn In F And Piano: Ruhig bewegt
  13. Sonata For Horn In F And Piano: Lebhaft
  14. Intermezzo, Op. 35, No. 11
  15. Im Tiefsten Walde, Op. 34, No. 4


Product Details

  • Performer: Zita Carno
  • Composer: Franz Strauss/Eugene Bozza, Ludwig van Beethoven, Alexander Glazunov, Bernhard Heiden, Gabriel Faure, et al.
  • Audio CD (June 15, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Crystal Records
  • ASIN: B000003J64
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,563 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Michael Simpson on March 14, 2005
If you are considering purchasing this CD, it's likely you're either a present or past French horn player (I'm a past one) or an esoteric collector of classical music (I'm getting there myself). The selections on this disc are probably not well known by the non-horn playing sections of the orchestra, but they are de rigeur selections for the professional or ensemble soloist. (It would have been perfect had Poulenc's "Elegie" been included as well.) I purchased this disc for four specific selections: En Foret, the Beethoven sonata, Gliere's "Intermezzo", and Glazunov's "Reverie". The difficulty of En Foret is legendary and obvious from its performance, but for some reason both the Faure and Gliere drove me nuts when I was getting my music degree back in the old days.

Mr. Cerminaro plays all the selections on this disc with note-perfect mastery, and that is saying quite a bit. Not only are there no missed notes (or at least none that I could detect, following along with my mental scores), but there is a full mastery of range throughout the low and high registers that is not frequently found in horn players. The liner notes reveal Mr. Cerminaro's justifiable pride in, for example, nailing the falling octaves in the final movement of the Hindemith sonata. (The notes also contain an unusually detailed description of his horn.)

I can recommend this disc for anyone interested in the horn or any of the composers. My reservation in rating this disc five stars, rather than four, concerns the overall tone of Mr. Cerminaro's horn. Before his solo career, Mr. Cerminaro was principal horn for the New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic. He has the "New York" horn sound, which, as a matter of personal taste, I find a bit brash.
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By A Customer on October 10, 1997
This CD is a must for any Horn player or lover of the instrument! Cerminaro has tremendous technique AND extremely sensitive mucicality. END
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On the whole, all the recordings are excellent (particularly the Hindemith and the Franz Strauss), but, as stated in other entries, the En Foret is absolutely breath-taking. In my mind, a CD single of just this recording of the Bozza would be worth retail price, for this is the definitive recording. The way John Cerminaro traverses the stunning four octave range of this piece (with special emphasis on the pedal C that is amazing), takes apart the technical sections with the virtuosity of a smaller horn player and the solid sound of a Conn, and sails with phrasing that ties the piece together sets this recording apart from the others. By all means, do what I did: listen to the Tuckwell, listen to other recordings--then BUY the Cerminaro.
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This is the best solo horn CD I've come across. Cerminaro's playing is amazing and versatile...from the Bozza to the Franz Strauss. It has plenty of the horn solo standards and some lesser known works. I also recommend John's recording of the Mozart Concerti.
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