The Chicago Principal: First Chair Soloists Play Famous Concertos

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All Music Guide - David Lewis
Given the vaunted status of and incessant competitiveness among qualified musicians for the first section chairs of major symphony orchestras, perhaps it should not come as too much of a surprise that a first-chair soloist is often as skilled in transmitting concerto literature as a "star" recitalist. But producers of classical recordings have not often elected to showcase the talents of first-chair performers, certainly not to the extent that a listener would commonly encounter them in the concert hall. In the collection The Chicago Principal, Deutsche Grammophon has stepped in to redress the balance with a handsome two-disc set, including generous program notes, photos, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - David Lewis
Given the vaunted status of and incessant competitiveness among qualified musicians for the first section chairs of major symphony orchestras, perhaps it should not come as too much of a surprise that a first-chair soloist is often as skilled in transmitting concerto literature as a "star" recitalist. But producers of classical recordings have not often elected to showcase the talents of first-chair performers, certainly not to the extent that a listener would commonly encounter them in the concert hall. In the collection The Chicago Principal, Deutsche Grammophon has stepped in to redress the balance with a handsome two-disc set, including generous program notes, photos, and short biographies of the soloists featured. One name stands out as familiar outside the purview of the Chicago Symphony, that of French horn player Dale Clevenger, who is heard in three works here. This package also spotlights the talents of oboist Ray Still, trumpeter Adolph Herseth, bassoonist Willard Elliot, and tuba player Arnold Jacobs. All of the performances, recorded between 1976-1983, are outstanding, and this package will strongly appeal to wind and brass fanciers, even those who are not resident in Chicago.
All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Given the vaunted status of and incessant competitiveness among qualified musicians for the first section chairs of major symphony orchestras, perhaps it should not come as too much of a surprise that a first-chair soloist is often as skilled in transmitting concerto literature as a "star" recitalist. But producers of classical recordings have not often elected to showcase the talents of first-chair performers, certainly not to the extent that a listener would commonly encounter them in the concert hall. In the collection The Chicago Principal, Deutsche Grammophon has steeped in to redress the balance with a handsome two-disc set, including generous program notes, photos, and short biographies of the soloists featured. One name stands out as familiar outside the purview of the Chicago Symphony, that of French horn player Dale Clevenger, who is heard in three works here. This package also spotlights the talents of oboist Ray Still, trumpeter Adolph Herseth, bassoonist Willard Elliot, and tuba player Arnold Jacobs. All of the performances, recorded between 1976-1983, are outstanding, and this package will strongly appeal to wind and brass fanciers, even those who are not resident in Chicago.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/2003
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947279822
  • Catalog Number: 000002502
  • Sales rank: 54,179

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Oboe Concerto in C major, K. 314 (K. 285d) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Claudio Abbado (20:32)
  2. 4–6 Trumpet Concerto in E flat major, H. 7e/1 - Claudio Abbado & Franz Joseph Haydn (14:28)
  3. 7–9 Horn Concerto No. 3 in E flat major, K. 447 - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Claudio Abbado (16:03)
  4. 10–12 Konzertstück for 4 horns & orchestra in F major, Op. 86 - Robert Schumann & Daniel Barenboim (18:46)
Disc 2
  1. 1–3 Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, K. 191 (K. 186e) - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart & Claudio Abbado (18:10)
  2. 4–6 Tuba Concerto in F minor - Daniel Barenboim & Ralph Vaughan Williams (11:43)
  3. 7–14 Serenade, for tenor, horn & strings, Op. 31 - Benjamin Britten & Carlo Maria Giulini (24:23)
  4. 8 Boléro, ballet for orchestra (or piano) - Maurice Ravel & Penny Bennett (14:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chicago Symphony Orchestra Primary Artist
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    very very good

    This recording was indeed outstanding. The chicago symphony proves itself as one of the great orchestras with this cd. I am a horn player and this konzertstuck recording is the best i've heard. A must own for all musicians, especially wind players.

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