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Brahms: Horn Trio in E-flat major, Op.40 CD

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Brahms: Horn Trio in E-flat major, Op.40 CD

Brahms: Horn Trio in E-flat major, Op.40 CD
Jeff Nelsen (horn), Ik-Hwan Bae (violin), Naomi Kudo (piano)

Contents include:

Brahms: Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano in E-flat major, Op. 40
1. Andante
2. Scherzo: Allegro: Molto meno allegro
3. Adagio mesto
4. Finale: Allegro con brio
Mozart: Horn Quintet in E-flat major, K. 407 (K.386c)(adapted for horn, violin and piano)
5. Allegro
6. Andante
7. Rondo: Allegro

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    Brahms Horn Trio a winner!

    Posted by Musical Heritage Society on 11th Mar 2011

    The Brahms Horn Trio, Op. 40 has become not only a proving ground for great horn players everywhere given its peerless part writing but it is also one of the most intimate and personal chamber works ever written. The trio demands virtuosity from each player as well as musical communication that weaves a tapestry of colors and moods elevating it in the last 30 years to one of the more popular chamber works by Brahms. Written to honor his Mother’s passing, Brahms created only two works during that sad year of 1865, the German Requiem and the Horn Trio - a work that combines gentle melancholy and remembrance, not lamentation, and in the faster passages, scenes of the joyous hunt are heard. Jeff Nelsen, virtuoso horn player of the Canadian Brass is joined by veteran violinist Ik-Hwan Bae and new piano sensation Naomi Kudo in an intimate reading of this characteristic work. The three players identify completely with its diverse moods – from the doleful opening movement and the cheerful pastoral scenes of the Scherzo, played with splendid intensity and control, to the quiet solemnity of the third movement Adagio, with its quote from a funeral chorale, and the impressive Finale, which acts as an organic link to all three movements and ends the piece in triumph and a renewed celebration of life. The Finale features exhilarating moments from the horn in particular – all in all, there is plenty here to admire.

    Along with the Brahms Horn Trio, the album also includes the world premiere recording of a new adaption of Mozart’s ingenious Horn Quintet, K.407. The quintet is Mozart delighting in the art of composition complete with beauty, balance, melody and a nice touch of humor. The horn part is on par with his horn concertos displaying great effects, sensitive moments and tonal coloration. The work is uniquely adapted for three – horn, violin and piano - by internationally known arranger Tony Rickard. Brahms and Mozart shared an exceptional enthusiasm for the horn, being two of the relatively few composers to write for the horn in chamber music with the same prominence otherwise given the violin or cello. With them, we have two of most well-known masterpieces of chamber music featuring the French horn. Excellent playing and highly recommended.