Strauss, Schumann & Weber: Works for Horn / Owen, Wilson, BBC Philharmonic

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Regarded as one of Europe’s leading horn players, Martin Owen appears as a soloist and chamber musician around the world. Currently principal horn at the BBC Symphony Orchestra, he has previously served as principal horn of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and as solo horn of the Berliner Philharmoniker.

Weber’s Concertino was written for the old, valveless ‘natural horn’; its limited range of notes (tied to the harmonic series) was extended mechanically with additional tubing (‘crooks’) and, more artfully, by virtuoso players bending notes, and varied hand stopping. The technical demands of the Concertino are testament to the extraordinary facility of the hornists of the period. The first Horn Concerto by Richard Strauss, written at the age of nineteen, whilst a student, is widely considered his first uncontested masterpiece. Although the influence of Brahms and Schumann are evident, his own compositional voice is unmistakable. Strauss would continue to write significant parts for horn in all of his orchestral scores (possibly an influence of his father, who was a virtuoso hornist), but the second Concerto was not composed until 1942 – some sixty years later. The style is much more neo-classical, even ‘Mozartian’. Schumann’s riotous Concertstück for four horns opens the programme, and features three more outstanding soloists: Christopher Parkes (Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia of London), Alec Frank-Gemmill (Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra), and Sarah Willis (Berliner Philharmoniker).



Product Description:


  • Release Date: August 04, 2023


  • Catalog Number: CHAN 20168


  • UPC: 0095115216828


  • Label: Chandos


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: Romantic, 20th Century


  • Composer: Robert Schumann, Richard Strauss, Carl Maria von Weber


  • Conductor: John Wilson


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic


  • Performer: Martin Owen, Christopher Parkes, Alec Frank-Gemmill, Sarah Willis



Works:


  1. Konzertstück for four horns, Op. 86

    Composer: Robert Schumann

    Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic

    Performer: Martin Owen (Horn), Chris Parkes (Horn), Alec Frank-Gemmill (Horn), Sarah Willis (Horn)

    Conductor: John Wilson


  2. Horn Concertino in E minor, Op. 45

    Composer: Carl Maria von Weber

    Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic

    Performer: Martin Owen (Horn)

    Conductor: John Wilson


  3. Horn Concerto No. 1, Op. 11

    Composer: Richard Strauss

    Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic

    Performer: Martin Owen (Horn)

    Conductor: John Wilson


  4. Horn Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, AV132

    Composer: Richard Strauss

    Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic

    Performer: Martin Owen (Horn)

    Conductor: John Wilson