Hear a clip from this month's free CD!
Sir Charles Mackerras conducts the Konzertstück for Four Horns
With the 200th anniversary of Schumann's birth falling this year, your free January cover disc celebrates the ever-popular German Romantic composer's music. You can listen to a clip from it here – just click play on the audio player on the right.
On this disc there's a rare chance to hear the exuberant Konzertstück for Four Horns, first performed 160 years ago in Leipzig. Conducted here by Sir Charles Mackerras in a performance recorded live at the BBC Proms in July 2007, the virtuosic work shows off the newly developed valve horn.
Schumann composed his Fourth Symphony in D minor in 1841 as a present for his wife Clara's 22nd birthday. A decade later, he revised the work and it's a rousing performance by the BBC Philharmonic under Gianandrea Noseda of this 1851 version that completes the disc.
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Audio clip: Schumann: Konzertstück for four horns and orchestra, Op. 86 – Lebhaft