Munich Opera Horns: Voyager | Bayerische Staatsoper Recordings BSOREC0006

Munich Opera Horns: Voyager


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Label: Bayerische Staatsoper Recordings

Cat No: BSOREC0006

Barcode: 4028098000418

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 14th July 2023

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In 2023 the Bayerisches Staatsorchester is marking the five-hundredth anniversary of its formation with a series of releases by a number of its outstanding ensembles, all of which document the versatility of the orchestra and of its members. The second ensemble to be showcased by this series are the Munich Opera Horns representing the horn section from the Bayerische Staatsoper.

As its title implies, Voyager takes its listeners on a musical journey through time and space from the origins of the natural horn to the valve horn as a regular part of any symphony orchestra. The works presented range from original music for small ensembles to newly arranged orchestral pieces that feature the horn as a solo, concertante instrument to works that have been specially composed for the Munich Opera Horns. Konstantia Gourzi’s work Voyager 2 was commissioned by the Bayerische Staatsoper and written specially for the Munich Opera Horns. The present release not only represents its world-premiere performance, it is also conducted by the composer herself.


If you love the sound of German-Romantic horns, this album is for you. Topped and tailed by two miniatures for a quartet of alphorns, this is an entertaining programme of pieces for three, four, eight or – in the arrangements of Strauss – nine horns. ... The 11 members of Munich Opera Horns – joined by Fabian Schroder in Voyager 2 – play with great finesse and BSO Recordings’ sound is exemplary.  Guy Rickards
Gramophone September 2023

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