Rhapsodie - Fantasie - Poème: Music for Horn & Orchestra

Rhapsodie - Fantasie - Poème: Music for Horn & Orchestra

by Ben Jacks
     
 
As the title of this album suggests, the repertoire is heavily weighted toward the French, and the one exception, a piece by an all-but-unknown British-Australian composer, has a strongly Gallic sensibility. All but two of the selections are rarities, and there are two works that have never been recorded before. Almost half of the album is devoted to two large works

Overview

As the title of this album suggests, the repertoire is heavily weighted toward the French, and the one exception, a piece by an all-but-unknown British-Australian composer, has a strongly Gallic sensibility. All but two of the selections are rarities, and there are two works that have never been recorded before. Almost half of the album is devoted to two large works by Jean-Michel Damase, born in 1928. Damase's music is staunchly conservative, unabashedly romantic, and rhapsodically lyrical. At its perkiest, it has a tart jauntiness reminiscent of Prokofiev, but it's most notable for expansive, surging melodies and lush harmonies that are characteristic of big, emotionally charged mid-century film scores. His music is not simplistic, though, and his orchestration is inventive and colorful. The other large work is Charles Koechlin's rarely heard, but attractive "Poème for horn and orchestra." Dukas' "Villanelle" and Saint-Saëns' "Morceau de Concert" are staples of the horn repertoire, but G.W.L. Marshall-Hall's 1905 "Phantasy" is recorded here for the first time. Ben Jacks, one of the finest Australian horn players of his generation and first chair in the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, plays with seamless tone. This is not easy repertoire by any means, but it doesn't require the kind of virtuosity that dazzles with brilliant fireworks, so it doesn't necessarily show off the full extent of Jacks' talent. He plays with absolute security, robust tone, and expressive warmth. Barry Tuckwell, the outstanding horn player of the second half of the twentieth century, conducts Orchestra Victoria and the Queensland Orchestra in nicely nuanced performances. Melba's sound is clean and vibrant, with a good sense of presence.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/14/2009
Label:
Melba Records
UPC:
0914574111720
catalogNumber:
301117
Rank:
138147

Tracks

  1. Horn Concerto  - Jean-Michel Damase  - Barry Tuckwell  -  Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra  - Terry Lane  - Ben Jacks
  2. Poème, for horn & orchestra, Op. 70bis  - Charles Koechlin  - Barry Tuckwell  -  Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra  - Terry Lane  - Ben Jacks
  3. Rhapsodie, for horn & orchestra  - Jean-Michel Damase  - Barry Tuckwell  -  Victoria Symphony Orchestra  - Terry Lane  - Ben Jacks
  4. Villanelle for horn & piano (or orchestra)  - Paul Dukas  - Barry Tuckwell  -  Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra  - Terry Lane  - Ben Jacks
  5. Morceau de concert, for horn & orchestra in F major, Op. 94  - Camille Saint-Saëns  - Barry Tuckwell  -  Queensland Philharmonic Orchestra  - Terry Lane  - Ben Jacks
  6. Phantasy, for horn & orchestra  - George William Lewis Marshall-Hall  - Barry Tuckwell  -  Victoria Symphony Orchestra  - Terry Lane  - Ben Jacks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ben Jacks   Primary Artist

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