Beethoven: Quintet for Piano & Wind Instruments; Jacob: Sextet for Wind Quintet & Piano; Hindemith: Sonata for Horn &

Beethoven: Quintet for Piano & Wind Instruments; Jacob: Sextet for Wind Quintet & Piano; Hindemith: Sonata for Horn &

     
 
As Dennis Brain was the finest horn player in the United Kingdom in the '50s, so the Dennis Brain Wind Ensemble was the finest wind chamber ensemble in the United Kingdom in the '50s. Brain, of course, is well known for his recordings of Strauss and Mozart's "Horn Concertos,"

Overview

As Dennis Brain was the finest horn player in the United Kingdom in the '50s, so the Dennis Brain Wind Ensemble was the finest wind chamber ensemble in the United Kingdom in the '50s. Brain, of course, is well known for his recordings of Strauss and Mozart's "Horn Concertos," recordings which remain the deepest, the strongest, and the most soulful ever made. These BBC live recordings of Brain with his ensemble, performing Gordon Jacob's "Sextet for wind quintet and piano," plus Brain and two members of the quintet performing Beethoven's "Quintet for piano and winds" along Brain's brother Leonard on oboe and the redoubtable Benjamin Britten on piano, are wonderful additions to Brain's discography. Both performances are terrific: Jacob's quintet sounds polished yet passionate, while Beethoven's quintet sounds pastoral yet inward. In addition, the disc includes a live performance of Brain romping through Hindemith's "Horn Sonata" with pianist Noel Mewton-Wood and sailing through Gilbert Vinter's "Hunter's Moon" with Vilem Tausky conducting the BBC Concert Orchestra. Again, both performances are marvelous: Hindemith's sonata sounds gnarly yet lyrical, while Vinter's "Hunter's Moon" -- with its sentimental melodies, bumptious accompaniment, and its especially corny muted-horn glissandos -- sounds as much fun to listen to as it is to perform. BBC's mid-'50s sound is present but not vivid, loud but not clear.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2005
Label:
Bbc Legends
UPC:
0684911416428
catalogNumber:
4164

Tracks

  1. Quintet for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn & bassoon in E flat major, Op. 16
  2. Sextet for woodwind quintet & piano, Op. 3
  3. Sonata for horn & piano
  4. Hunter's Moon, for horn & piano

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