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  • Performer: Ian Bostridge, Marie Luise Neunecker
  • Orchestra: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Ingo Metzmacher
  • Composer: Richard Strauss, Benjamin Britten
  • Audio CD (12 Jan. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classical
  • ASIN: B000005GME
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 576,598 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Horn Concerto No. 1 In E Flat: Allegro
2. Horn Concerto No. 1 In E Flat: Andante
3. Horn Concerto No. 1 In E Flat: Rondo (Allegro)
4. Serenade, Op. 31 For Tenor, Horn And Strings: Prologue
5. Serenade, Op. 31 For Tenor, Horn And Strings: Pastoral
6. Serenade, Op. 31 For Tenor, Horn And Strings: Nocturne
7. Serenade, Op. 31 For Tenor, Horn And Strings: Elegy
8. Serenade, Op. 31 For Tenor, Horn And Strings: Dirge
9. Serenade, Op. 31 For Tenor, Horn And Strings: Hymn
10. Serenade, Op. 31 For Tenor, Horn And Strings: Sonnet
11. Serenade, Op. 31 For Tenor, Horn And Strings: Epilogue
12. Horn Concerto No. 2 In E Flat: I. Allegro
13. Horn Concerto No. 2 In E Flat: II. Andante Con Moto
14. Horn Concerto No. 2 In E Flat: III. Rondo (Allegro Molto)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon Carey on 23 Oct. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Nice playing with good dynamics evident. Enjoyed both the Strauss, and the Britten was nicely done, but I prefer the Tuckwell/ Pears version on Decca 436 395-2.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful Strauss, but even more beautiful Britten... 4 Dec. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The Strauss concerti are very good -- no overbrassy nonsense here, but instead exquisite phrasing and a good sense of musical narrative. But Neunecker is also capable of power when needed -- the finale of the First Concerto being an example. Yet for me the real jewel of this disc is the Britten Serenade. It's a beautiful work -- perhaps the most perfect (formally) in Britten's entire output. I have to admit I was skeptical after reading all the hype about Bostridge, but once I heard him sung his first note, I was completely won over. What a wonderful timbre he has, and even more importantly, what a wonderful musician he is! His voice might appear slight on first hearing, but it is capable of a surprising variety of expression. And he clearly relishes the words, shading his dynamics, tone and enunciation according to the poetry. Metzmacher's conducting is very accomplished -- the orchestra practically "glows" under his baton (though this perhaps has something to do with details of recording and mixing, of which I am not very knowledgable).
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Worth buying twice 12 Sept. 1999
By Laura B. Monteros - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
All my CDs were recently stolen out of my car. The advantage of this is that I can find better recordings of some of the titles; the disadvantage is, of course, having to search for the particular recordings I love. This CD was worth the search.
Neunecker has that full German tone I love and try to emulate in my own playing. Anyone who records these concertos must be a technical master, but Brain's tone is often too brassy for my taste (is this heretical?) and Tuckwell is simply too strident.
Neunecker's musical, emotional, and flawless delivery of these difficult works flaunts the prejudice against women horn players that still exists in the classical world. It is a shame that the conductor's name, rather than hers, appears next to the title in the search results.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Serenade alone is worth the price 27 Nov. 1999
By "hcf" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As an incorrigible "voice-freak," I admit I bought this CD for Bostridge. One of these days I will learn to appreciate the horn concertos too, but for now all I play on this CD is Britten's Serenade. I also have this composition in the performance of the magnificent Peter Pears, for whom it was written, and what a worthy heir to Pears Bostridge is! Their voices are beguilingly alike, but there is enough individuality in each performance to cherish them both. The voice of Pears was more robust, and the voice of Bostridge is more fluid, more gentle by comparison. What I find the most remarkable about Bostridge is his ability to combine this fluidity of tone with an almost declamatory clarity of expression. His intonation is superb.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful plus 16 Jan. 2010
By scholarboy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I just discovered Mary-Luise Neunecker, almost by accident. Why isn't she more well known? Beautiful soulful and elegant playing and I agree wholeheartedly that the real gem is the Britten. I love the fact that they interpose the Serenade between the two concerti, giving the CD a live concert like quality. Bostridge is perfect as well. A gem. P.S. I discovered Neunecker on a Classical Arts Showcase DVD clip. That performance of the Strauss is with the Munich Chamber Orchestra and is also worth searching out.
4 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A Modicum of Rhythm Please! 15 Dec. 2003
By Howard L. Hilliard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Take a listen to the opening horn call on the sample of the Strauss #1. Try to beat time to it. Should it be free? Can it be stretched here and there? Yes, but does it even resemble the actual rhythm? Decide for your self. Is this characteristic of modern German interpretation? Experience a note by note existential experience in rhythm. I guess this is what passes for sophisticated musicianship these days.
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