*
banner

CD review: Music for the Tenor Horn: Recital

Chris Davies
Tredegar Town Band
Conductor: Ian Porthouse
CD: 12018

recital
stars
This perceptive, coherently produced release makes for attentive listening. 

The 12 tracks astutely balance each other; the traditional air-varie ‘Jenny Jones’ paired with a timely reprise of Gareth Wood’s underrated ‘Concerto’, the questioning piety of Mahler’s ‘Urlicht’ offering the starkest of contrasts to the pert wit of Rossini’s joyously comic ‘Non Piu Mesta’.   

Sombre beauty

They are followed by the sombre beauty of the Strauss ‘Nocturno’, intense and restrained, sitting comfortably in tandem with Mozart’s gloriously free-wheeling ‘Rondo’ from his ‘Horn Concerto No.3’. 

Elsewhere, the touching ‘Meiso’ duet (featuring baritone player Ben Stratford) and Ravel’s haunting ‘Pavane’ provide substantive moments of refined reflection, before each segueing seamlessly into the showy brilliance of the familiar finales from the Strauss ‘Horn Concerto No 1’ and the waspish arrangement of Mendelssohn’s ‘Violin Concerto’.

Throughout, the soloist also displays an intelligent appreciation of the balance between bold technique and discerning musicality; his pacing shrewdly measured, backed by tonality that is centred and malleable, the phrasing informed in its understanding of its original source.

The pearl though is Mahler’s ‘Urlicht’; as self-contained in its mystery of hidden glories as an oyster. It is beautifully arranged and performed. 

Hidden glories

The pearl though is Mahler’s ‘Urlicht’; as self-contained in its mystery of hidden glories as an oyster. It is beautifully arranged and performed. 

A mention too for Gareth Wood’s ‘Horn Concerto’; carefully prised open with a lucid appreciation to reveal its sophisticated workings in a new light; the rhythmic excitement and joyful playfulness of its outer movements enclosing a central ‘Adagio’ movement of considerable poignancy. 

Together, they give the release its observant musical coherence; enhanced by Tredegar’s measured accompaniment which is sympathetically tailored by both MD Ian Porthouse and producer Paul Hindmarsh to allow the solo focal point never to be tonally submerged.  

Iwan Fox


To purchase: https://4barsrest.shop/product/recital-music-for-tenor-horn/  

Play list:

1. Jenny Jones (Rimmer, arr. Michael Hopkinson)
2-4. Concerto for Tenor Horn (Wood)
5. Urlicht (Mahler, arr. Chris Davies)
6. Non più mesta (Rossini, arr. Chris Davies)
7. Nocturno (F Strauss, arr. Kenneth Downie)
8. Rondo from Horn Concerto No. 3 (Mozart arr. Edrich Siebert)
9. Meiso (Golland)
10. Finale from Horn Concerto No.1 (R. Strauss, arr. Chris Davies)
11. Pavane (Ravel, arr. Howard Snell)
12. Finale from The Violin Concerto (Mendelssohn, arr. Michael Hopkinson)

Support us for less than a cup of coffee...

4BR wants to ensure that the brass band movement remains vibrant and relevant. We also want to be able to question, challenge and critically examine those who run and play in it, producing high quality journalism that informs as well as entertains our readers.

So if like us you value a strong, independent perspective on the brass band world - then why not consider becoming a supporter and help make our future and that of a burgeoning brass band movement more secure.

So one less cappuccino then?

Support us    



Foden's Band - Patrons Concert: Sandbach School

Tuesday 18 February • Sandbach School, Crewe Road, Sandbach CW11 3NS


Milton Keynes Brass - Charity Concert

Saturday 22 February • Broughton Fields Primary School, Milton Rd, Broughton, Milton Keynes, MK10 9LS. MK10 9LS


The Cobham Band - Brass Music from Around the World

Saturday 22 February • The Vera Fletcher Hall. Embercourt Road Thames Ditton. KT7 0LQ


Contest: North West Regional Championships

Sunday 23 February • Winter Gardens Complex, Church Street, Blackpool FY1 1HU


Contest: scaba Own Choice Test & March

Sunday 23 February • The Hawth in Crawley, West Sussex RH10 6YZ


Shipston Town Band

February 18 • We are looking for a Bb Bass and Eb Bass as we prepare for the Midlands Area Section 3 in March . After qualifying for the finals at Cheltenham last September we are looking to make an impression in Section 3 after our subsequent promotion,


Oxfordshire Youth Brass

February 17 • Oxfordshire Youth Brass is looking for horn, baritone, back row cornets and Bb bass players to complete our line-up for our summer tour to Edinburgh in late-August 2020. We will be working with Alan Fernie, playing concerts and visiting the Tattoo.


Chadderton Band

February 16 • Chadderton Band is a non-contesting band playing a various events throughout the year. We are a friendly band looking for players of all ages and abilities on all sections. EUPH and percussion needed. Come along to one of our rehearsals most welcome.


Kevin Wadsworth


Conductor, adjudicator, teacher (ABBA)


               

 © 2020 4barsrest.com Ltd