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Instrument: French horn

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SeattleMeet the instrument: Horn

Meet the instrument: Horn
Danielle Kuhlmann, French horn

LondonAstor Piazzolla’s Greatest Tangos

© David Finlayson
Piazzolla
Elmira Darvarova; Howard Wall; Unknown

AmsterdamBartók's The Miraculous Mandarin, Nielsen, Abrahamsen and Rehnqvist

© Marco Borggreve
Nielsen, Abrahamsen, Rehnqvist, Bartók
Radio Filharmonisch Orkest; Klaas Stok; Stefan Dohr; Netherlands Radio Choir (Groot Omroepkoor); Dima Slobodeniouk

LondonGalliard Ensemble / Simon Callaghan

© Pip Bacon
Strauss II, Thuille, Beethoven, Poulenc
Galliard Ensemble; Kathryn Thomas; Owen Dennis; Katherine Spencer

LondonIf Music Be The Food Of Love, Curse Me

© Eva Vermandel
Purcell, Blow, Warlock, Britten
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; Steven Devine; Ian Bostridge; Roger Montgomery

BudapestDiscoveries - Kodály Philharmonic Debrecen

Discoveries - Kodály Philharmonic Debrecen
Barber, Strauss R., Gershwin
Kodály Philharmony of Debrecen; Dániel Somogyi-Tóth; Tamás Pálfalvi; Tillmann Höfs

SingaporeRed Balloon Series: Penderecki Conducts Penderecki

Penderecki
Singapore Symphony Orchestra; Krzysztof Penderecki; Radovan Vlatković
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Round the horn with the Philharmonia

Richard Watkins and Mark-Anthony Turnage © Courtesy of the Philharmonia

The Philharmonia marked the start of its 75th anniversary year with an absorbing portrait of the French horn in solo and orchestral guises.

*****
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Stephenson's Une Saison en Enfer lights up Aurora Orchestra

Allan Clayton © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Aurora Orchestra prove too muscular for accompanying voices in Wigmore Hall, but Stephenson's setting of Rimbaud's poetry is impressive.
***11
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Themes, variations and serenades from BBC Scottish

John Wilson © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Themes and Variations from Brahms and Dvořák, haunting Britten with Stuart Jackson and Alberto Menéndez Escribano, John Wilson standing in to conduct at City Halls, Glasgow. 
***11
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Jakub Hrůša leads TCO in John Adams’ On the Transmigration of Souls

Joélle Harvey, Jakub Hrůša and The Cleveland Orchestra © Roger Mastroianni, courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
A brilliant programming decision paired Adams’s 9/11 memorial with Mahler’s life-affirming Symphony no. 4, with the fine soprano Joelle Harvey as soloist.
***11
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Mumford, Mendelssohn and Mahler in Manchester

Joana Carneiro © Dave Weiland
Joana Carneiro conducts the BBC Philharmonic in a lively Mendelssohn concerto and elegant Mahler Fifth.
***11
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Beethoven or bust: anniversary series launched at Wigmore Hall

© Mark Pullinger
Early and late Beethoven in the closing two recitals of Wigmore Hall's Beethoven Festival Weekend. 
****1
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An afternoon of fully-fledged Schumann and Brahms at Tanglewood

Yo-Yo Ma and François-Xavier Roth with the Boston Symphony Orchestra © Hilary Scott
Yo-Yo Ma again displayed his wonderful expressiveness, his unsurpassed talent to project over his accompaniment.
****1
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