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Michael & Joseph Haydn // HORN CONCERTOS

Přemysl Vojta, Fabrice Millischer, Martin Petrák & Haydn Ensemble Prague 

The two brothers wrote most of their concertos for the widest variety of solo instruments, but usually in the same type of situation: i.e. once they had assumed important posts at the head of renowned court orchestras. Joseph Haydn became Kapellmeister for the Ezterházy princes in 1761, and Michael became concertmaster of the Salzburg archdiocese court orchestra in 1763. The court musicians in both orchestras were virtuosos in their own right, and one of the tasks of a Kapellmeister consisted in composing new works that permitted them to display their outstanding abilities in the presence of their sovereigns.

MICHAEL HAYDN (?) (1737-1806)

Concerto per il Corno principale D-Dur MH 53

MICHAEL HAYDN

Concertino per il Corno e Trombone

Concertino per il Corno D-Dur, MH 134

 

JOSEPH HAYDN (1732-1809)

Concerto per il Corno da caccia D-Dur Hob.VIId:3

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METAMORPHOSIS // HORN & PIANO

Přemysl Vojta & Tobias Koch 

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Alteration and transformation, influence and interaction! The horn and the piano have gone through immense changes over the course of time, as this recording with works by Beethoven, Schumann and Klebe intends to illustrate. The natural horn, the Romantic valve horn and the modern horn enter in dialogue with the fortepiano, the Romantic piano and the modern grand. We embarked on an adventurous musical expedition in the recording studio by dealing with three different types of horns and three different keyboard instruments in the course of three days, thereby attempting to span a wide musical range that depicts the transformation of the historical timbre ideal, condensed as in a time lapse.

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)

Sonata for Pianoforte and Horn in F Major Op. 17 

ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810-1856)
Adagio and Allegro for Pianoforte and Horn Op. 70 

Fantasiestücke Op. 73 for Pianoforte and Clarinet
Three Romances Op. 94 for Pianoforte and Oboe 

GISELHER KLEBE (1925-2009)
Alteration of the Sonata for Piano Op. 27/2 by
Ludwig van Beethoven into Sonata for Horn and Piano

Op. 95

FRENCH HORN IN PRAGUE // HORN & PIANO

Přemysl Vojta & Tomoko Sawano

Horn-playing has a long tradition in Bohemia, ranging from the 18th century (J. V. Stich-Punto) to the Tylšar brothers and Radek Baborák. And Přemysl Vojta is without question a superlative pursuer of this line. For his debut album, Přemysl Vojta has chosen pieces by 20th-century Prague modernists. As he himself puts it: "Works by unknown composers who experienced World War II, the German occupation, liberation, occupation by the 'liberators' and the bullying by the communist regime. May this recording be a reminiscence of that time and the people who lived through it." In addition to reflecting the fraught epoch and Slavonic musicality in the Janáček spirit, these works place extreme technical demands on their performers. Přemysl Vojta, however, is up to the challenge and with true mastery duly demonstrates his belonging to the famous Czech horn tradition.

JAROSLAV KOFROŇ

Sonatina

KLEMENT SLAVICKÝ

Capricci for French Horn and Piano 

Musica per corno solo

ZDENĚK ŠESTÁK

Concertino No. 2 in F major for French Horn and Piano

EMIL HLOBIL

Sonata per corno e pianoforte, Op. 21

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