This recording not only celebrates multiple centenaries of Malcolm Arnold, Ruth Gipps, and Dennis Brain (the dedicatee of the Arnold concerto) who were all born in 1921 - but also three composers whose musical language and worlds bear striking similarities. Both Arnold and Gipps were writing at a time when the grain of musical fashion was going against them. It was composers such as Pierre Boulez, Luigi Nono, and Karlheinz Stockhausen from the Darmstadt school who were the intellectual vanguard of the time, the music much more experimental, serialist, and philosophical in its makeup. In contrast to this, Arnold and Gipps placed euphony (as traditionally conceived) higher on the priority list. With the Horn Concerto in F by Christoph Schönberger, we have a similar situation for the 21st century. The composer describes his work as being in the neo-Romantic style, the structure and harmony of the work traditional in nature with a nonetheless unique aesthetic. This recording sheds fresh light on works that are in dire need of more performances, as well as highlighting the wonderful potential of the horn as a solo instrument for the 21st century.
April 01, 2022
Label: Willowhayne Records
Period: 20th Century
Conductor: Lee Reynolds
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Performer: Ben Goldscheider
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