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Horn Concertos: Felix Klieser

Horn Concertos: Felix Klieser


Haydn:

Horn Concerto No. 1 in D major, Hob.VIId:3

Horn Concerto No. 2 in D major, Hob.VIId:4

Haydn, M:

Horn Concerto (Concertino) in D major, MH 134, P. 134

Mozart:

Rondo for Horn & Orchestra in E flat major, K371


The full spectrum of the horn's aural range.

ECHO prizewinner Felix Klieser now follows his debut featuring Romantic chamber music with a second album: an orchestra recording of works by Joseph and Michael Haydn and by Mozart. This album is a Classical one! While the first of Joseph Haydn's two horn concertos calls for the high-register horn, the second was composed for its lower-tone brother. Horn players generally specialize in one or other instrument. Felix Klieser plays both. "Addressing the requirements demanded of players of both the high and low horn on one single CD was a challenge for me, but it was a task I relished: it meant I could present the full spectrum of the instrument's aural range," enthuses the young hornist, born without arms, who declared his wish to play the horn at the age of four.

Unlike the concertos by his famous older brother, Michael Haydn's Concertino for Horn and Orchestra is seldom heard in concert. "That is such a shame, and unjust. Michael Haydn did not stick rigidly to the rules of the day governing such concertos, so his work sounds different. And yet it is really beautiful," according to Klieser.

And Mozart? The closing horn concerto is one reconstructed from two fragments, and seldom played; one might call it Mozart's "zero concerto".

"All of the works share a certain lightness and cheerful manner. That was the link that brought these three works together on one CD," explains the 27-year-old musician. In the renowned Würtemberg Chamber Orchestra of Heilbronn under the direction of Ruben Gazarian he has found the perfect partner for his endeavour.

"We worked on the music with a great degree of intensity and passion, as well as fun and enjoyment. May I invite you to share this enjoyment with me when you listen to the music."

“[Kleiser's] tone is resonant and robust and his command of long-breathed phrasing and agile passage work equally impressive. The Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra of Heilbronn under Ruben Gazarian accompanies with exactitude and attack in a cleanly recorded small hall ambience” BBC Music Magazine, December 2015

“Klieser phrases and characterises (the Mozart) most winningly. And to hear how agile he can be at his best, listen to the central Allegro non troppo of Michael Haydn's Concertino, which is played with breathtaking accuracy and élan...Klieser is a remarkable player and it goes without saying that this disc is just as remarkable in its own right.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2015

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Heimliche Aufforderung: Lieder by Richard Strauss

Heimliche Aufforderung: Lieder by Richard Strauss


Strauss, R:

Das Rosenband, Op. 36 No. 1

Ständchen, Op. 17 No. 2

Hat gesagt - bleibt's nicht dabei, Op. 36 No. 3

Die Georgine Op. 10 No. 4

Alphorn, TrV 64 (WoO 29)

Felix Klieser (horn)

Traum durch die Dämmerung, Op. 29 No. 1

Freundliche Vision, Op. 48 No. 1

Geduld Op. 10 No. 5

Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1

Heimliche Aufforderung, Op. 27 No. 3

Begegnung (Meeting), AV 72

Ich wollt ein Sträusslein binden, Op. 68 No. 2

Madrigal, Op.15, No. 1

Heimkehr, Op. 15 No. 5

Morgen, Op. 27 No. 4

Die Nacht, Op. 10 No. 3

Befreit, Op. 39 No. 4

Leises Lied, Op. 39 No. 1

Drei Lieder der Ophelia Op. 67

Malven, AV 304

Allerseelen, Op. 10 No. 8

Am Ufer, Op. 41 No. 3


At Home with Strauss

Christiane Karg feels close to Richard Strauss, and not simply because they both grew up amid Bavarian landscape. Together with Mozart, the great late Romanticist now plays an ever greater part in her repertoire: she was recently acclaimed in both Antwerp and Ghent as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier. Since Strauss has always figured in her lieder recitals, this CD of Strauss lieder comes as no surprise, especially in view of the forthcoming anniversary year, marking the composer's 150th birthday. Indeed, anyone who has followed Christiane Karg's career will see this new release as a logical consequence. You only have to listen to the timbres in her voice and the skill with which she lends them an artistic and natural touch, and you will hardly be able to avoid comparisons with the great voices of her Fach.

Christiane Karg's personal choice of lieder combines the familiar with the seldomheard, lively songs with more reflective ones, and delivers a convincing range that rightly demotes such details to a secondary role. She succeeds in demonstrating as has seldom been achieved the touching manner in which Strauss's early and mature lyricism is able to transform the great themes of love and transience that were woven into his expression of the Romantic world around him.

One especially charming example is the song "Alphorn" written when the composer was a mere twelve years old, requiring an obbligato horn, played on this recording by Felix Klieser. Her pianist is Malcolm Martineau, an exceptional artist in his own right, who navigates virtuoso hurdles with ease while giving the vocal part a steady foundation. One only needs to hear the opening bars of "Morgen" in order to capture that remarkable musical pulse. – This is a real summit of achievement!

“The Bavarian soprano is a delectably light, idiomatic Straussian, and the covered, pearly underside of her voice is the perfect instrument with which to recreate the secret moments and intimacy of the songs she has selected here.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2014 ****

“The way she nurtures the text and applies her vibrato sparingly and colourfully and encompasses the emotional and dynamic range of some of the bigger songs…Das Rosenband, Ständchen , Freundliche Vision and Zueignung are wonderful with Martineau’s sensitivity to every phrase the range of tone he deploys to match Karg. I think this is an outstanding Strauss recital.” CD Review

“Throughout the disc, Karg is in marvellous voice, sensitive and clear, always attuned to the text; and here she is matched by Martineau at the top of his game. Recommended.” Classical Music *****

“There is a danger that a solo recital will become tiring when a soprano voice voice is consistently on the bright side but Karg softens the tone where she can - a silvery shimmer of moonlight is cast over 'Die Nacht'...In general, Karg and Martineau are reluctant to linger...so everything stays light and fluent” Gramophone Magazine, August 2014

“Her silver-tinged, creamy sound is perfect for Strauss...She captures the rapt sense of resignation and wonderment in Morgen...There’s conspiratorial mischief in her Ständchen...There’s also a fine “guest” appearance from Klieser in the rarely heard Alphorn. In sum, one of the best Strauss Lieder recitals ever.” Sunday Times, 8th June 2014

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R. Strauss: Heimliche Aufforderung - Vinyl Edition

R. Strauss: Heimliche Aufforderung - Vinyl Edition


Strauss, R:

Das Rosenband, Op. 36 No. 1

Ständchen, Op. 17 No. 2

Hat gesagt - bleibt's nicht dabei, Op. 36 No. 3

Die Georgine Op. 10 No. 4

Alphorn, TrV 64 (WoO 29)

Felix Klieser (horn)

Traum durch die Dämmerung, Op. 29 No. 1

Freundliche Vision, Op. 48 No. 1

Geduld Op. 10 No. 5

Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1

Heimliche Aufforderung, Op. 27 No. 3

Begegnung (Meeting), AV 72

Ich wollt ein Sträusslein binden, Op. 68 No. 2

Madrigal, Op.15, No. 1

Heimkehr, Op. 15 No. 5

Morgen, Op. 27 No. 4

Die Nacht, Op. 10 No. 3

Befreit, Op. 39 No. 4

Leises Lied, Op. 39 No. 1

Drei Lieder der Ophelia Op. 67

Malven, AV 304

Allerseelen, Op. 10 No. 8

Am Ufer, Op. 41 No. 3


At Home with Strauss

Christiane Karg feels close to Richard Strauss, and not simply because they both grew up amid Bavarian landscape. Together with Mozart, the great late Romanticist now plays an ever greater part in her repertoire: she was recently acclaimed in both Antwerp and Ghent as Sophie in Der Rosenkavalier. Since Strauss has always figured in her lieder recitals, this CD of Strauss lieder comes as no surprise, especially in view of the forthcoming anniversary year, marking the composer's 150th birthday. Indeed, anyone who has followed Christiane Karg's career will see this new release as a logical consequence. You only have to listen to the timbres in her voice and the skill with which she lends them an artistic and natural touch, and you will hardly be able to avoid comparisons with the great voices of her Fach.

Christiane Karg's personal choice of lieder combines the familiar with the seldomheard, lively songs with more reflective ones, and delivers a convincing range that rightly demotes such details to a secondary role. She succeeds in demonstrating as has seldom been achieved the touching manner in which Strauss's early and mature lyricism is able to transform the great themes of love and transience that were woven into his expression of the Romantic world around him.

One especially charming example is the song "Alphorn" written when the composer was a mere twelve years old, requiring an obbligato horn, played on this recording by Felix Klieser. Her pianist is Malcolm Martineau, an exceptional artist in his own right, who navigates virtuoso hurdles with ease while giving the vocal part a steady foundation. One only needs to hear the opening bars of "Morgen" in order to capture that remarkable musical pulse. – This is a real summit of achievement!

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Reveries: Romantic music for horn and piano

Reveries: Romantic music for horn and piano


Glazunov:

Reverie, Op. 24 for French horn

Glière:

Pieces (4) for horn and piano, Op. 35

Rheinberger:

Horn Sonata in E flat major, Op. 178

Saint-Saëns:

Romance in F major, Op. 36

Romance, Op. 67

Schumann:

Adagio and Allegro in A flat major, Op. 70

Strauss, R:

Andante for Horn and Piano in C major, AV86a


Felix Klieser (horn) & Christof Keymer (piano)

A passion for the horn The young hornist Felix Klieser is exceptionally talented. He is one of the best hornists in the world, with perfect mastery of his instrument at the age of twenty‐two, despite his handicap. Felix Klieser was born without arms and plays the horn with his feet. How does that work? "No problem" says the young artist, showing the stand that holds his horn at the appropriate height. He sits behind it, and uses the toes of his left foot to operate the valves ‐ which other hornists do with the fingers of their left hand.

He began having horn tuition when he was five, after convincing his parents of his firm intention to learn the instrument. Felix Klieser proved to be highly talented ‐ becoming a junior student at the College of Music and Drama in Hanover at seventeen, winning a prize in the national finals of the Jugend musiziert competition and receiving the Life Award in the "Art and Culture" category. Klieser has performed under Sir Simon Rattle at the Berlin Philharmonie and taken part in the world tour of Sting. In 2011 he began regular music studies in Hanover. There he met the pianist Christoph Keymer, who has accompanied him on the piano ever since.

The likeable artist is now presenting his debut album entitled "Reveries" in collaboration with Bavarian Radio. He has personally selected the repertoire of Romantic works for horn and piano. "The Romantic era has fascinated me from the start", says Klieser. No other age exploited the tonal variety of the instrument to such advantage. Schumann referred to it as the "soul of the orchestra", recognizing the musical potential of the then new valve horn and writing one of the best known compositions for horn and piano. Schumann's homage to the horn gave Felix Klieser incentive and inspired him.

In addition to Schumann's Adagio and Allegro, for his debut album he has chosen various works by composers from France, Russia and Germany. The selection is diverse, the tone pictures attractive. "They are from different cultures, but all from the same era", the young hornist says, "It was a time of radical change accompanied by a sense of anticipation, and that can be felt in the music." No wonder that Felix Klieser is enthusiastic about that age ‐ he is himself entering a new period in his life.

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Horn Concertos

Horn Concertos


anon.:

Sonata da caccia

Peter Damm (horn)

Kammerorchester Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Hartmut Haenchen

Beer, Johann:

Concerto à 4 for posthorn, corno da caccia, 2 violins & continuo in B flat major

Peter Damm (horn)

Kammerorchester Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Hartmut Haenchen

Fasch, J F:

Concerto FWV L:D18 in D major for 2 horns, 2 oboes, strings & b.c.

Peter Damm (horn), Dieter Pansa (horn)

Cappella Sagittariana, Eduard Melkus

Fiala, J:

Concerto for 2 Horns in E flat major

Zdenek Tyslar & Bedrich Tyslar (horns)

Capella Istropolitana, František Vajnar

Fick:

Horn Concerto in E flat major

Peter Damm (horn)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Siegfried Kurz

Förster, C:

Horn Concerto No. 1 in E flat major

Peter Damm (horn)

Kammerorchester Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Hartmut Haenchen

Haydn:

Horn Concerto No. 1 in D major, Hob.VIId:3

Peter Damm (horn)

Kammerorchester Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Hartmut Haenchen

Horn Concerto No. 1 in D major, Hob.VIId:3

Felix Klieser (horn)

Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Ruben Gazarian

Horn Concerto No. 2 in D major, Hob.VIId:4

Felix Klieser (horn)

Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Ruben Gazarian

Haydn, M:

Horn Concerto (Concertino) in D major, MH 134, P. 134

Felix Klieser (horn)

Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Ruben Gazarian

Heinichen:

Concerto in F major

Peter Damm (horn), Dieter Pansa (horn)

Cappella Sagittariana, Eduard Melkus

Lortzing:

Konzertstuck in E major

Peter Damm (horn)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Siegfried Kurz

Mozart:

Rondo for Horn & Orchestra in E flat major, K371

Felix Klieser (horn)

Württembergisches Kammerorchester Heilbronn, Ruben Gazarian

Horn Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, K417

Herman Jeurissen (horn)

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Roy Goodman

Horn Concerto No. 3 in E flat major, K447

Herman Jeurissen (horn)

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Roy Goodman

Fragment in E, K494a

completed Herman Jeurissen

Herman Jeurissen (horn)

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Roy Goodman

Horn Concerto No. 1 in D major, K412 (K386b)

Herman Jeurissen (horn)

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Roy Goodman

Fragment in E flat major, K370b

reconstructed & orchestrated Herman Jeurissen

Herman Jeurissen (horn)

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Roy Goodman

Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K495

Herman Jeurissen (horn)

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Roy Goodman

Horn Concerto No. 1 in D major, K412 (K386b)

With Mozart’s original text

Herman Jeurissen (horn), Giorgio Mereu (narrator)

Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Roy Goodman

Pflüger, H G:

Concerto for Horn and Orchestra

Andrew Joy (horn)

Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, Wolf-Dieter Hauschild

Pokorny:

Concerto for 2 Horns and Orchestra in F Major

Zdenek Tyslar & Bedrich Tyslar (horns)

Capella Istropolitana, František Vajnar

Quantz:

Horn Concerto in E flat major

Peter Damm (horn)

Cappella Sagittariana, Eduard Melkus

Reicha, J:

Concerto for two violins (or violin & cello) in D major, Op. 3

arr. two horns

Peter Damm (horn), István Vince (horn)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Siegfried Kurz

Rosetti:

Concerto for 2 Horns & Orchestra in F major Murray C61/Knaul III:49

Zdenek Tyslar & Bedrich Tyslar (horns)

Capella Istropolitana, František Vajnar

Concerto for 2 Horns & Orchestra in E flat major C56Q & C57

Zdenek Tyslar & Bedrich Tyslar (horns)

Capella Istropolitana, František Vajnar

Horn Concerto in E flat major, Murray C49, Kaul III:36

Zdenek Divoký (horn)

Czech Chamber Orchestra, Ondrej Kukal

Horn Concerto in D minor, Murray C38, Kaul III:43

Zdenek Divoký (horn)

Czech Chamber Orchestra, Ondrej Kukal

Horn Concerto in E major, Murray C51 Kaul III:42

Zdenek Divoký (horn)

Czech Chamber Orchestra, Ondrej Kukal

Horn Concerto in F Major, Murray C53, Kaul III:38

Zdenek Divoký (horn)

Czech Chamber Orchestra, Ondrej Kukal

Saint-Saëns:

Morceau de concert in F minor, Op. 94

Peter Damm (horn)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Siegfried Kurz

Schoeck:

Concerto for horn & orchestra Op. 65

Andrew Joy (horn)

Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, Wolf-Dieter Hauschild

Schumann:

Konzertstück for four horns, Op. 86

Peter Damm (horn), Klaus Pietzonka (horn), Dieter Pansa (horn), Johannes Friemel (horn)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Siegfried Kurz

Sperger:

Horn Concerto in E flat major

Peter Damm (horn)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Siegfried Kurz

Strauss, R:

Horn Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, AV132

Andrew Joy (horn)

Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, Werner Andreas Albert

Horn Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 11

Andrew Joy (horn)

Kölner Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, Wolf-Dieter Hauschild

Telemann:

Concerto TWV 51:D8 in D major for horn, strings & b.c.

Peter Damm (horn)

Kammerorchester Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Hartmut Haenchen

Concerto TWV 52:D2 in D major for 2 horns, strings & b.c.

Peter Damm (horn), Dieter Pansa (horn)

Cappella Sagittariana, Eduard Melkus

Concerto TWV 51:D8 in D major for horn, strings & b.c.

Ensemble Cordia, Stefano Vegetti

Concerto TWV 52:Es1 for 2 Horns, 2 Oboe ripieni, Strings & B.c.

Teunis van der Zwart & Erwin Wieringa (horns), Rémy Baudet & Sayuri Yamagata (violins)

Musica Amphion, Pieter-Jan Belder

Overture (Suite) TWV 55:F11 in F major for 4 horns, 2 oboes, 2 violins & b.c. 'Alster'

Ivo Hadermann, Johan van Neste, Rik Vercruysse & Bart Cypers (horns), Elisabeth Schollaert & Jan Maebe (oboes), Koen Coppé (bassoon)

Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, Patrick Peire

Overture (Suite) TWV 55:F4 in F major

Ivo Hadermann & Alex van Aeken (horns)

Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, Patrick Peire

Overture in E flat major, TWV 55:Es1

Ivo Hadermann & Alex van Aeken (horns)

Collegium Instrumentale Brugense, Patrick Peire

Vivaldi:

Concerto for 2 horns, strings & continuo RV539

Peter Damm (horn), István Vince (horn)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Siegfried Kurz

Weber:

Horn Concertino in E minor, Op. 45

Peter Damm (horn)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Siegfried Kurz

Zelenka:

Capriccio No. 3 in F major, ZWV 184

Peter Damm (horn), Dieter Pansa (horn)

Cappella Sagittariana, Eduard Melkus


An extensive collection of horn concertos from several centuries. This set includes horn concertos by Telemann, Förster, Haydn, Beer, Vivaldi, Quantz, Zelenka, Heinichen, Fick, Reicha, Sperger, Von Weber, Saint-Saëns, Schumann, Lortzing, Fasch, Mozart, Fiala, Pokorny, Rosetti, R. Strauss, Schoeck, Pflüger: a true “Cornucopia”!

The horn as a musical instrument has developed considerably since its first use many centuries ago, when man blew on animal horns as signal or ritual. The many technical improvements led to the use of the horn as a versatile solo instrument in the baroque: its festive and jubilant character could be set off against a smooth and dolce cantabile.

Excellent performances by a.o. Peter Damm, Felix Klieser, Herman Jeurissen.

The booklet contains new liner notes, written by Philip Borg-Wheeler specially for this release.

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