Thursday, August 6, 2009
Schumann : Konzertstuck for four horns - a Cracking Performance Gromit!
A piece that is unjustly neglected, I think. The glorious sound of four french horns - what's not to like? One of my favourite moments, though, is carried by the trumpet. At the end of the dreamy, reflective slow movement, there is a quiet trumpet call that is ignored by the rest of the orchestra. The trumpet repeats the call, louder, and this time it's taken up by everyone, and the last movement is ushered in.
The four players on this marvellous recording are David Pyatt, Michael Thompson, Martin Owen, and Cormac Ó hAodáin, with the BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Sir Charles Mackerras.
It was recorded at a concert on the 28th of July 2007.