Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1; Horn Concerto No. 2; Duet Concertino; Serenade in E flat for wind

COMPOSERS: Strauss
LABELS: EMI Eminence
WORKS: Horn Concerto No. 1; Horn Concerto No. 2; Duet Concertino; Serenade in E flat for wind
PERFORMER: David Pyatt (horn), Joy Farrall (clarinet), Julie Andrews (bassoon) Britten Sinfonia/Nicholas Cleobury
CATALOGUE NO: CDEMX 2238 DDD
Orchestral wit and vivid counterpoint are to the fore here. In the concertos, every instrumental line is beautifully clear, weaving arabesques around the soloist. The rondo of the second concerto is a riot of slithery colours and harmonies. Of the two fillers, the Duet Concertino is marvellously evocative. The orchestra captures precisely that blend of sweetness and spice that makes Strauss come alive. Christopher Lambton

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