Before Mozart: Early horn concertos

Alec Frank-Gemmill, Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan
66:05
BIS-2315 SACD
Music by Förster, Haydn, Leopold Mozart, Neruda, Telemann

Before I write a single word of “criticism”, let me state that I am a fan of all of the musicians involved in this recording; Alec Frank-Gemmill is a wonderful hornist and has shown his HIP credentials time and time again, and McGegan is famed the world over for his fine interpretations of baroque music. For whatever (legitimate) reason, this programme was conceived as a recital with modern orchestra, so as such it is really only of peripheral interest to our readers; they may wish to hear Frank-Gemill’s heroic mastering of Neruda’s “stratospheric” writing, and I for one really enjoyed the piece by Leopold Mozart which they chose to play as chamber music. Sadly, and despite the fact that I really do like the Telemann concerto, I’m afraid the younger Mozart (or Richard Strauss!) will remain my “go to” composer of horn concerti for the time being…

Brian Clark

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