MOZART: MU­SIC FOR HORN

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This new Glossa disc ap­proaches Mozart’s re­la­tion­ship with the horn in a cross-sec­tional way, of­fer­ing just one of the con­cer­tos (in E flat, K447), some cham­ber mu­sic (the quin­tet for horn and strings, and a se­lec­tion of duos), an aria with horn ob­bli­gato (Lungi da te from

Mitri­date, sung by Claron McFad­den) and the take-it-or-leave it hu­mour of the Mu­si­cal Joke. 21st-cen­tury ears still won­der at the un­even tone pro­duc­tion of nat­u­ral horns, with its some­times bizarre al­ter­na­tions of thin-and fat­sound­ing notes (muf­fled and growl­ing, sug­gests the liner note). Te­u­nis van der Zwart and his pe­riod in­stru­ments col­leagues de­liver per­for­mances that cap­ture the mu­sic with an earthy em­brace. The quin­tet and con­certo sound par­tic­u­larly well. www.glos­samu­sic.com MICHAEL DERVAN

Te­u­nis van der Zwart (nat­u­ral horn), Or­ches­tra of the 18th Cen­tury/Frans Brüggen

Glossa GCD 921110

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