On this album Hervé Joulain and Silke Avenhaus offer a romantic journey through the 19th Century. If there are instruments that have left their mark on Romantic music, they are not to be found elsewhere than in the horn and piano.
The horn with the invention of the valves in the 19th Century offered chromaticism thus helping the horn to sing like any other instrument. The modern piano, which appeared at the end of Beethoven’s life, with its double escapement keyboard that allows rapid note repetition and therefore more virtuoso playing. This precisely made it possible to express all the feelings that Romantic music demands of them.
Silke Avenhaus – Piano
Hervé Joulain – Horn
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Total time: 00:59:03
Merging – HAPI
Brüel & Kjaer 4003, Neumann KU-100 modified by Rens Heijnis
|Original Recording Format|
Stadsgehoorzaal, Leiden, The Netherlands
|Release Date||December 2, 2022|
Hervé Joulain (1966) clearly shows that he has complete control over his valve horn. And Silke Avenhaus (1969) pushes the ensemble playing to great heights with her thorough approach from behind the keyboard….Impressive is the music making in Adagio & Allegro opus 70 by Robert Schumann (1810-1856). The approach of Joulain and Avenhaus exudes grandeur. With great flair, the two also throw themselves onto Beethoven’s Horn Sonata in F, opus 17… I am at least as enthusiastic about the recording quality. The horn blares as if you were standing next to the player. Very bright and provocative. At the same time, the instrument caresses the soul in the lyrical passages. The most beautiful, meanwhile, remains the melodious fusion of the horn with the beautiful, stimulating piano playing. As always essential for the best chamber music enjoyment.
Hervé Joulain is an exceptional horn player. In addition to his work as solo horn player in famous French orchestras, he performs as a soloist all over the world…a horn lover will be in for a big treat. With playful ease Joulain plays virtuoso horn antics and makes his instrument sing within a warm polished sound…Compliments for the excellent piano accompaniment and the beautifully balanced recording.
BBC Music Magazine
Joulain and Avenhaus create a lovely musical dialogue with this set of works for horn and piano charting some of the pairing’s most glorious outings from 1800-78. From Beethoven’s delightful early foray to the later bounce of Rossini, it’s a colourful and expressive performance.
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