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All Music Guide - Joseph Stevenson
This is a lovely selection of five diverse and well-chosen compositions featuring English horn. The soloist on the album, Carolyn Hove, has been the English horn soloist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 1988. The title of the disc comes from a review of her playing by Bruce Gbur: "I cannot describe Carolyn Hove's English horn playing without ascending into superlatives." Her tone quality is distinctive, rich and rounded, warm and substantial. She plays with fluency and striking agility. The music on this disc is primarily melodic in emphasis. Each work is written for a different lineup of partners, mostly fellow members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. An ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Joseph Stevenson
This is a lovely selection of five diverse and well-chosen compositions featuring English horn. The soloist on the album, Carolyn Hove, has been the English horn soloist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 1988. The title of the disc comes from a review of her playing by Bruce Gbur: "I cannot describe Carolyn Hove's English horn playing without ascending into superlatives." Her tone quality is distinctive, rich and rounded, warm and substantial. She plays with fluency and striking agility. The music on this disc is primarily melodic in emphasis. Each work is written for a different lineup of partners, mostly fellow members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. An exception is the first piece, a lovely performance of the "Evlogue, Op. 206" by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Hove's partners here are Paul Viapiano, a guitarist who is an active session musician in L.A., and Mary Stolper, a flutist from Chicago. By turns mysterious and powerful, William Kraft's "Encounter's XI" is dramatically played by Hove and her partner, Raynor Carroll, principal percussionist with the LAPO. The mysteriously melodic "Improvisations, Op. 67 No. 1" by Paul Turok features violinist Camille Avellano and pianist Gloria Cheng. Here, Hove succeeds in blending well with the unlikely ensemble. In "Lyric Scene" by Gerhard Samuel, Avellano is joined by fellow LAPO string players, violinist Ingrid Kuo Chun, and cellist Daniel Rothmuller. Finally, Hove and LAPO principal bassoonist David Beidenthal play a rapturous performance of Alan Hovhaness' "Suite, Op 21." Hove herself produced the album, which was beautifully recorded in 1999 and 2000 at C.S.U., Los Angeles, by engineer Sonny Ausman. A very strong recommendation; a definite must for double reed fanciers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/1996
  • Label: Crystal Records
  • UPC: 009414732927
  • Catalog Number: 329
  • Sales rank: 221,183

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Eclogues, for flute, English horn & guitar, Op. 206 - Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco & Carolyn Hove (10:42)
    Composed byMario Castelnuovo-Tedesco
    1. 1Andantino quieto
    2. 2Allegro con cpirito (Tempo di Saltarello)
    3. 3Lento-Elegiaco
    4. 4Allegretto Vivace, con spirito
  2. 5–8 Encounters XI: The Demise of Suriyodhaya, for English horn & percussion - William Kraft & Carolyn Hove (19:26)
    Composed byWilliam Kraft
    Performed byRaynor Carroll
    1. 5Tactics
    2. 6Suriyodhaya's Dream
    3. 7Peace of God
    4. 8Strategy
  3. 9 Improvisations for English horn, violin & percussion, Op. 67/1 - Paul Turok & Gloria Cheng (14:39)
    Composed byPaul Turok
  4. 10 Lyric Scene for English horn, 2 violins & cello - Gerhard Samuel & Carolyn Hove (12:13)
    Composed byGerhard Samuel
  5. 11–13 Suite for English horn & bassoon in D minor, Op. 21 - Alan Hovhaness & David Breidenthal (7:34)
    Composed byAlan Hovhaness
    1. 11Adagio espressivo
    2. 12Allegro grazioso
    3. 13Andante espressivo
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Carolyn Hove Primary Artist
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