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Totally musical and lyrical versions of these concertos,
This review is from: Haydn, Joseph & Michael : Horn Concertos - Apex (Audio CD)
This disc, well recorded and originally issued in 1984, provides an exceptionally satisfying set of readings.
Dale Clevenger, solo horn with the CSO from 1966 until his retirement, brings copious technique to these concertos with bravura where required but with a greater emphasis on the concertos' lyrical qualities. A good example of this is to be found in the second movements of the 4th concerto.
The double numbering of these concertos by Joseph Haydn as 3(1) and 4(2)seems to relate to a previous pair of concertos now lost. The 4th concerto her recorded is not a certain work by Haydn but is certainly well up to the expected musical standard. The concerto by Michael Haydn is also very enjoyable.
Barry Tuckwell takes a far more muscular view of these works on his various recordings and this disc seems to me to be generally preferable and more appropriate to the period, although this will be a matter of purchasers' personal tastes. Both players use modern valved horns and neither is a 'period' performance.
At present this disc is priced very favourably and I would suggest that it is therefore something of a bargain. It cost me a great deal more in 1987 but has been a very rewarding purchase.