Leopold Mozart: Concerto for Two Horns & Strings in E flat; Sinfonia pastorella in G for ‘shepherd horn’ & strings; Sinfonia da camera in D for horn & strings; Sinfonia da caccia in G for four horns, shotgun & strings

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COMPOSERS: Leopold Mozart
LABELS: Dabringhaus und Grimm
WORKS: Concerto for Two Horns & Strings in E flat; Sinfonia pastorella in G for ‘shepherd horn’ & strings; Sinfonia da camera in D for horn & strings; Sinfonia da caccia in G for four horns, shotgun & strings
PERFORMER: Herman Jeurissen, Michael Höltzel, Vincent Lévesque, Lenno de Ruyter (horn); Concerto Rotterdam/Heinz Friesen
CATALOGUE NO: MDG 321 0085-2 (1984)
These horn works by Leopold Mozart, composed before the birth of Wolfgang, reveal his facility in the galant style of the mid-18th century. The Concerto’s noble Andante and the Sinfonia da camera’s tuneful Allegros have an instant appeal. All four pieces here feature pastoral or hunting themes, notably the Sinfonia da caccia, scored for four horns, strings and shotgun! Spirited playing by the Concerto Rotterdam and elegant horn-playing from Herman Jeurissen make this a high-calibre performance in every respect. Graham Lock

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