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the new "definitive" version ?,
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This review is from: Mozart: Horn Concertos (Audio CD)
As a lapsed (failed?) horn player, I have several recordings of the Mozart set, including (of course) Brain & Tuckwell but Halstead's version is a bit special. The use of the natural horn (ie a horn without valves, where you use your hand in the bell to "bend" the note to fill in the gaps ), and his fine musicianship, way beyond merely playing the notes - turns this into something rather magical, and this magic is what music is all about. To be honest, a top player on a modern instrument can make them sound a bit easy, and losing the magic, but the extra colour and expression enforced by the use of a natural horn, and perhaps the extra difficulty makes the player put a bit more soul into it. I understand Halstead has made something of a speciality of natural horn / period instrument playing, and this certainly shows here. The band are also spot on. I only came across this one on Halstead's website whilst considering buying another horn and re-starting playing (he's a 2nd hand horn dealer as well as a top musician)
For me, this one is definitive ! Highly recommended.
Edit - some time after the review I finally did it and bought a horn from Mr Halstead - a very reasonably priced older Alex and very fine it is too. I can recommend his horn dealership as well as this fine recording.