The sound of the horn epitomized stormy emotions for composers of Romantic music. Robert Schumann is said to have spoken of the horn as being the orchestra’s soul. For poets, the horn’s sound was a symbol of the soul’s longing.
For horn players, however, what was at stake for much of the Romantic period was the soul of the horn itself, for it was an instrument that faced experiment and change occasioned by new technology, notably the invention of the valve. This recording explores and illustrates this important era in the evolution of the horn.
The Horn In Romanticism features music composed by Paul Dukas, Charles Gounod, Camille Saint-Saëns, Emanuel Chabrier, Carl Czerny, Franz Strauss, Robert Schumann, and Richard Strauss
Steinar Granmo Nilsen, Historical Horns
Kristin Fossheim, Fortepiano
Total time: 00:59:02
DSD 512 fs, DSD 256 fs, DSD 128 fs, DSD 64 fs, DXD 24 Bit, FLAC 192 kHz, FLAC 96 kHz
Chabrier, Czerny, Dukas, Gounod, Saint-Saens, Schumann, Strauss
|Original Recording Format|
Sofienberg Church, Norway June 2019
|Release Date||September 25, 2020|
A record-breaking listening in an avant-garde technological setting offered to a repertoire of rare but evocative listening. Timbre and positioning of the horn in the virtual scene are strikingly natural, with the piano co-starring in the unmistakable timbre of an excellent mid-nineteenth century instrument. Finely articulated midrange, but the solidity of the bass is also appreciated.
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