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The London Horn Sound The London Sound Series

The London Horn Sound

32 Horns

Code: CACD0112

10.15 / 11.57

"All horn players hold on to your hats when you put this disc on—to use the old expression, what a gas! These thirty-two top professional hornists really let it rip in a wonderful, fun album of horn music, most of the items being special arrangements for large horn ensemble, with the occasional addition of percussion and rhythm section instruments. Members also pick up Wagner tubas (rotary valve horns that are relatives of the euphonium) for a number of the big Romantic pieces like the Wagner and Humperdink transcriptions. Your interest is kept via the good shift of styles despite the relative sameness of the timbral combinations, as well as the use of fine soloists on many items, both traditional and jazz solos coming across with great confidence and elan. The contrast between the really hot Tico-Tico and the Evening Prayer from Hansel and Gretel is startling, but it works. Sometimes I wonder pieces should be transcribed and which should be left alone in sacred isolation. This program demonstrates that, even if you have a philosophical difference with those who tamper with a works' ontology, you can't help but be pleased by the musical and technical artistry of both the arrangers and the players on a project of this type—Berlioz's Roman Carnival for 16 horns, timpani, and percussion? Yes, they'll convince you! A delightful album not just for hornists!"
Brass Band Bridge September 1999

"In a word: stunning. The playing of virtually all of London's top horn players is marvellous. The Humperdinck Evening Prayer is beautifully moulded, contrasted with the 16 horns in the Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, which is a real romp. Then, if you thought you knew Berlioz's Roman Carnival, just listen to what massed horns make of it! Recommended most strongly to all but the purist" Gramophone

"With colourful dynamics and well balanced playing, conductor Geoffrey Simon does a fine job of getting the most from the music...the London Horn Sound is worth having if your interest is in quality brass music." Classic CD

The London Horn Sound builds on the extraordinary tradition of French Horn playing in London (formerly the home to the talents of Dennis Brain, Alan Civil and Barry Tuckwell) and brings together for the first time, today's generation of world-class London-based players including Richard Bissell, Nigel Black, Anthony Halstead, Frank Lloyd, David Pyatt, Hugh Seenan, Michael Thomson and Richard Watkins. From Mozart to Queen, Rossini to Ellington, with a tip of the hat to film soundtracks in the shape of James Horner's fantasy from the box office smashing epic movie Titanic, complemented by deft and sensitive arrangements this is a truly unique showcase for the cream of the London crop.

 Horner (arr. Bissell)
"Titanic" Fantasy 
Hugh Seenan solo horn
Rossini (arr. Pritchard)
La Danza
David Pyatt principal, Anthony Halstead cadenza
Humperdinck (arr. Payne)
Evening Prayer from "Hansel and Gretel" 
Nicholas Busch, David Lee principals
Abreu (arr. Harvey)
Frank Lloyd, Richard Bissill solo horns
Mozart (arr. Humphries)
Rondo from Horn Concerto No.4 in E flat
Michael Thompson, David Pyatt solo horns
Berlioz (arr. Crees)
Roman Carnival Overture
Richard Watkins solo horn
Carmichael (arr. Runswick)
Timothy Jones principal
Händel (arr. Lowe)
Arrival of the Queen of Sheba
Michael Thompson principal
van Heusen (arr. Bissill)
Here's That Rainy Day
Richard Bissill solo horn
Glinka (arr. Bissill)
Russlan and Ludmilla
Frank Lloyd principal
Wagner (arr. Crees)
Prelude to "Tristan and Isolde"
Simon Rayner, David Lee principals
Mercury / Queen (arr. Bissill)
Bohemian Rhapsody
Nigel Black solo horn, Timothy Jones principal
Ellington (arr. Bissill)
Richard Bissill lead horn, James Rattigan solo jazz horn
TT: 73:11


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