The Art of the English Horn | Supraphon SU43032

The Art of the English Horn

£12.56

Label: Supraphon

Cat No: SU43032

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Expected Release Date: 29th October 2021

Contents

Artists

Dominik Wollenweber (cor anglais)
Anna Kirichenko (piano)
Collegium der Berliner Philharmoniker
Berliner Philharmoniker

Conductor

Simon Rattle

Works

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Cor anglais Concerto in G major (arr. Wolgang Renz after Easter Oratorio, BWV249)

Dvorak, Antonin

Symphony no.9 in E minor, op.95 B178 'From the New World'
» II Largo (excerpt, arr. Wolfgang Renz)

Francaix, Jean

Quartet for cor anglais, violin, viola and cello

Schubert, Franz

Impromptus (4), op.90 D899
» no.3 in G flat major (arr. Yasna Brandstatter)

Sibelius, Jean

Lemminkainen Suite, op.22
» no.2 The Swan of Tuonela

Wagner, Richard

Tristan und Isolde
» Hirtenreigen auf einer Schalmei (Act 3)

Artists

Dominik Wollenweber (cor anglais)
Anna Kirichenko (piano)
Collegium der Berliner Philharmoniker
Berliner Philharmoniker

Conductor

Simon Rattle

About

“The English horn needs a soft, round vibrato ... We are among those who can move people to tears,” says Dominik Wollenweber about his instrument. Let us not be misled by the humble conduct, and the absence of laudatory articles and glossy photographs. Wollenweber is one of the world’s finest cor anglais players. Claudio Abbado has even labelled him the “best player of all time”. Since 1993, Dominik Wollenweber has been with the Berliner Philharmoniker, members of which keep him company throughout the present recording. Conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, the orchestra accompany Wollenweber in Sibelius’s wonderful tone poem The Swan of Tuonela. It is difficult to imagine an album dedicated to the English horn without the Largo from Dvořák’s New World Symphony or without the solo from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. On the other hand, Bach’s Concerto in G major and Schubert’s Impromptu no.3 may come as a surprise, while Jean Françaix’s Quartet is simply bound to lift the listener’s spirit. If you love the English horn’s singularly dark velvety colour, which otherwise can only be heard rather as a gleam of a gemstone on the large canvases of symphonic pieces, then this album is definitely for you. And those who have yet to discover the beauty of the cor anglais will undoubtedly savour the musical menu drawn up by a true master of the instrument.

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