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  • Orchestra: Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: Roy Goodman
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (20 May 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Brilliant Classics
  • ASIN: B00BX2JGVI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 380,830 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Major, KV 417: I. Allegro 6:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Major, KV 417: II. Andante 3:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Horn Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Major, KV 417: III. Rondo: Allegro 3:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Horn Concerto No. 3 in E-Flat, KV 447: I. Allegro 6:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Horn Concerto No. 3 in E-Flat, KV 447: II. Romance. Larghetto 3:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Horn Concerto No. 3 in E-Flat, KV 447: III. Allegro 3:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Concerto movement in E Major, KV 494a: I. Allegro 9:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Horn Concerto No. 1 in D Major, KV 412: I. Allegro 4:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Horn Concerto No. 1 in D Major, KV 412: II. Rondo. Allegro 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Horn Concerto in E-Flat Major, KV 370b/371: I. Allegro 7:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Horn Concerto in E-Flat Major, KV 370b/371: II. Rondeau. Allegro 6:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-Flat Major, KV 495: I. Allegro 7:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-Flat Major, KV 495: II. Romance. Andante 4:26£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-Flat Major, KV 495: III. Rondo. Allegro 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Horn Concerto No. 1 in D Major, KV 412: I. Allegro 4:03£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Mozart excelled in all areas of composition, and his horn concertos despite making up a very modest part of his total output still reside among the finest achievements in the horn literature. The composer became acquainted with the mellow sonorities of the instrument from an early age, courtesy of his friend Joseph Leutgeb, who had been employed by the Hofkapelle in Salzburg. It was not until the remaining 10 years of his life, however, that Mozart finally set to work on his six concertos for horn. Apart from K370b/371, which represents the composers first attempt at writing a horn concerto and whose musical content differs markedly from that of the later ones there are no hunting effects in the rondo and the first movement is more declamatory in style than lyrical it seems that all of the works were composed for Leutgeb, who was often a target of Mozarts mockery and teasing. Though the numerous points of harmonic, melodic and structural correspondence between the pieces suggest that Mozart did not take this genre especially seriously, the works still delight the listener for their gaiety, lightness of touch and warmth of orchestration. It is therefore a shame that only three of the six pieces remain complete, a resulting combination of more pressing work, lost manuscripts and the composers untimely death. Jeurissen, the soloist on this recording and principal horn player of the Residentie Orchestra in The Hague, has taken it upon himself, based on analyses of similar passages in other works by Mozart, to work up all of these fragments into playable, practical versions. The results are laudable, and Jeurissens passion for the works is evident from his highly accomplished, charismatic playing.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tony Skelton on 16 Dec. 2013
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this was excellenet playing and especially interesting as it included 3 movements of concertoes not normally included in discs of the 4 Mozart concertoes (two I had not heard before) Thoroughly recommended to all French Horn enthusiasts.
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Graceful, relaxed performances, with elegant horn playing 23 July 2013
By John J. Puccio - Published on Amazon.com
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You might think that a fellow like Roy Goodman, who has specialized over the years in conducting early music and leading period-instruments ensembles like the Hanover Band, would when working with a modern-instruments group like the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra perhaps overindulge himself in historical practice and go all lickety-split on us. In these performances of Mozart's Horn Concertos, however, nothing could be further from the truth. Not that Goodman doesn't give us historically informed readings, but they are also graceful and relaxed, with horn player Herman Jeurissen making a most elegant contribution.

Mr. Jeurissen plays on a modern valved horn, and while his tone is not as plummy as many horn players I've heard, it is pleasantly warm and resonant. Goodman's direction follows Jeurissen's lead, fluent and articulate, the Netherlands musicians performing with precision, and all of them maintaining a sensible pace throughout the concertos.

Jeurissen and Goodman begin the program with the Horn Concerto No. 2 in E flat, K.417 because despite the numbering, Mozart wrote it first. As the composer did with the other three horn concertos, Mozart wrote No. 2 for his friend, the virtuoso horn player Joseph Leutgeb. He wanted to give Leutgeb something that would show off his friend's unique abilities on the natural horn, in the meantime the composer writing sometimes crude, joking, mocking comments about his friend throughout the score. This was the Mozart we see in the movie and stage play Amadeus. Leutgeb apparently didn't mind the teasing, and the two men remained friends until the composer's death.

Anyway, under Goodman No. 2 has a snappy gait yet still sounds mellifluent and urbane. In the finale's familiar hunting theme Jeurissen is appropriately playful while pursuing the generally urbane approach of the interpretation.

No. 3 in E flat, K.447, No. 4 in E flat, K.495, and No. 1 in D, K.412 continue in a like manner, with Jeurissen making the Romance of No. 3 particularly affecting.

The sound is warm and round, miked at a moderate distance.

John J. Puccio
Classical Candor
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