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DENNIS BRAIN - HOMAGE (11 CDS)
DENNIS BRAIN - HOMAGE (11 CDS)

DENNIS BRAIN - HOMAGE (11 CDS)

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“In his warm and serene person all the essential qualities of the great interpretative artist were blended in perfect harmony.” Dennis Brain’s life was cut short in 1957 when he was just 36, but he had already assured his reputation as the greatest horn-player of the 20th century.

He remains an exemplar for his successors today. “Technical problems did not exist for him,” continued the eulogy written by Walter Legge, EMI’s legendary producer and founder of the Philharmonia Orchestra. “Over his instrument’s whole range he had a mastery of intonation, of legato, of staccato, of dynamic range and, above all, of expressiveness.”

This 11CD collection presents all his Warner recordings as concerto soloist and chamber and ensemble player – including music composed with him in mind – and his most notable contributions to symphonic, choral and operatic works. He performs in several CD premieres – music by Handel, Strauss, Richard Arnell and Norman Forber Kay – and a 1953 recording now released for the first time: Vincent d’Indy’s wind septet Chanson et danses.

Mozart: Divertimento No. 17 in D major K334
Dennis Brain (horn), Aubrey Brain (horn), Léner Quartet (string quartet)
I. Allegro
II. Tema con variazioni. Andante
III. Menuetto I
IV. Adagio
V. Menuetto II
VI. Rondo. Allegro

Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, K417
Dennis Brain (horn)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Walter Susskind
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante
III. Rondo

Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K495
Dennis Brain (horn)
Hallé Orchestra
Laurance Turner, Sir Malcolm Sargent
I. Allegro moderato (Cadenza by Norman del Mar)
II. Romance. Andante cantabile
III. Rondo. Allegro vivace

Mozart: Per pietà (from Così fan tutte)
Dennis Brain (horn), Joan Cross (soprano)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Lawrance Collingwood


Beethoven: Horn Sonata in F major, Op. 17
Denis Matthews (piano), Dennis Brain (horn)
I. Allegro moderato
II. Poco adagio quasi lento
III. Allegro moderato

Strauss, R: Horn Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 11
Dennis Brain (horn)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Alceo Galliera
Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 11: I. Allegro
Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 11: II. Andante
Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, Op. 11: III. Allegro - Rondo. Allegro

Mozart: Divertimento in E flat, K289
Dennis Brain (horn)
Dennis Brain Ensemble
II. Menuetto - Trio
III. Adagio

Schumann: Adagio and Allegro in A flat major, Op. 70
Dennis Brain (horn), Gerald Moore (piano)
I. Adagio
II. Allegro

Mozart: Per pietà (from Così fan tutte)
Dennis Brain (horn), Sena Jurinac (soprano)
Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra
Fritz Busch


Haydn: Symphony No. 31 in D Major, Hob. I:31 "Hornsignal": I. Allegro

Dennis Brain (horn), Alfred Cursue (horn), Edmund Chapman (horn), Gareth Morris (flute), Neill Sanders (horn)
Jack Westrup Orchestra
Jack Westrup


Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61, MWV M13: No. 7, Nocturne. Con moto tranquillo
Dennis Brain (horn)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Rafael Kubelik


Delius: A Mass of Life, Pt. 2: Prelude
Dennis Brain (horn), Ian Beers (horn), Ray White (horn)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Thomas Beecham


Wagner: Siegfried's Horn Call
Dennis Brain (horn)


Dukas: Villanelle
Dennis Brain (horn), Gerald Moore (piano)


Mozart: Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat, K452
Cecil James (bassoon), Colin Horsley (piano), Dennis Brain (horn), Leonard Brain (oboe), Stephen Waters (clarinet)
I. Largo - Allegro moderato
II. Larghetto
III. Allegretto

Mozart: Ein musikalischer Spass K522
Dennis Brain (horn), Neill Sanders (horn)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Guido Cantelli
I. Allegro
II. Menuetto. Maestoso
III. Adagio cantabile
IV. Presto

Mozart: Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat, K452
Bernard Walton (clarinet), Cecil James (bassoon), Dennis Brain (horn), Sidney Sutcliffe (oboe), Walter Gieseking (piano)
I. Largo - Allegro moderato
II. Larghetto
III. Allegretto

Mozart: Divertimento in B flat, K270
Dennis Brain (horn), George Malcolm (piano)
Dennis Brain Ensemble
Divertimento No. 14 in B-Flat Major, K. 270: I. Allegro molto
Divertimento No. 14 in B-Flat Major, K. 270: II. Andantino
Divertimento No. 14 in B-Flat Major, K. 270: III. Menuetto. Moderato
Divertimento No. 14 in B-Flat Major, K. 270: IV. Presto

Beethoven: Quintet in E flat major for piano and winds, Op.16
Dennis Brain (horn), Bernard Walton (clarinet), Cecil James (bassoon), Sidney Sutcliffe (oboe), Walter Gieseking (piano)
I. Grave - Allegro ma non troppo
II. Andante cantabile
III. Rondo. Allegro ma non troppo

Strauss, R: Horn Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 11
Dennis Brain (horn)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Wolfgang Sawallisch
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Allegro - Rondo. Allegro

Strauss, R: Horn Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, AV132
Dennis Brain (horn)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Wolfgang Sawallisch
I. Allegro
II. Andante con moto
III. Rondo. Allegro molto

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61, MWV M13: No. 7, Nocturne. Con moto tranquillo
Dennis Brain (horn)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Paul Kletzki


Mozart, L: Mozart, L: Sinfonia pastorella for Alphorn and Strings: III. Presto (Perfomed at the Hose-Pipe) [Live]
Dennis Brain (horn)
Morley College Symphony Orchestra
Norman Del Mar


Berkeley, L: Horn Trio Op. 44
Dennis Brain (horn), Colin Horsley (piano), Manoug Parikian (violin)
I. Allegro
II. Lento
III. (a) Tema. Moderato


Hindemith: Horn Concerto
Dennis Brain (horn)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Paul Hindemith
I. Moderately Fast
II. Very Fast
III. Very Slow - Moderately Fast



Jacob, G: Sextet in B flat, Op. 6
Dennis Brain (horn), George Malcolm (piano)
Dennis Brain Ensemble
I. Elegiac Prelude
II. Scherzo
III. Cortège
IV. Minuet & Trio
V. Rondo with Epilogue



Ibert: Pièces brèves (3) for wind quintet
Dennis Brain (horn)
Dennis Brain Ensemble
No. 1, Allegro
No. 2, Andante
No. 3, Assez lent - Allegro scherzando

Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 1 in D Major, K. 412: I. Allegro
Dennis Brain (horn)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Herbert von Karajan


Mozart: Mozart / Arr. Süßmayr: Horn Concerto No. 1 in D Major, K. 412: II. Rondo. Allegro
Dennis Brain (horn)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Herbert von Karajan


Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, K417
Dennis Brain (horn)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Herbert von Karajan
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Andante
III. Rondo

Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 3 in E flat major, K447
Dennis Brain (horn)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Herbert von Karajan
I. Allegro
II. Romance. Larghetto
III. Allegro

Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 4 in E flat major, K495
Dennis Brain (horn)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Herbert von Karajan
I. Allegro moderato
II. Romance. Andante cantabile
III. Rondo. Allegro vivace

Bach, J S: Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Quoniam tu solus sanctus
Heinz Rehfuss (bass), Dennis Brain (horn)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Herbert von Karajan


Strauss, R: Vier letzte Lieder
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano), Dennis Brain (horn)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Herbert von Karajan
No. 1, Frühling (Live at Royal Festival Hall, 1956)
No. 3, Beim Schlafengehen (Live at Royal Festival Hall, 1956)

No. 4, Im Abendrot (Live at Royal Festival Hall, 1956)
No. 2, September (Live at Royal Festival Hall, 1956)

Mozart: Sinfonia concertante in E flat for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon & Orchestra, K297b
Bernard Walton (clarinet), Cecil James (bassoon), Dennis Brain (horn), Sidney Sutcliffe (oboe)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Herbert von Karajan
I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Andantino con variazioni

Mozart: Divertimento No. 15 in B flat major, K287
Dennis Brain (horn)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Herbert von Karajan
I. Allegro
II. Theme and Variations. Andante grazioso
III. Menuetto - Trio
IV. Adagio
V. Menuetto - Trio
VI. Adagio - Allegro molto

Mozart: Per pietà (from Così fan tutte)
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano), Dennis Brain (horn)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Herbert von Karajan

Handel: Overture in D major, HWV 424
Dennis Brain (horn), Frederick Thurston (clarinet), Gervase de Peyer (clarinet)
I. Moderato allegro ma non troppo (Performed in C Major)
II. Allegro ma non troppo (Performed in C Major)
III. Larghetto (Performed in C Major)
IV. Andante (Performed in C Major)
V. Allegro (Performed in C Major)

Handel: Air in F major, HWV410
Dennis Brain (horn), Alfred Cursue (horn), Cecil James (bassoon), Edward Selwyn (oboe), Edward Wilson (bassoon), Michael Dobson (oboe), Natalie James (oboe), Stanley Smith (oboe)


Handel: Air in F major, HWV411
Dennis Brain (horn), Alfred Cursue (horn), Cecil James (bassoon), Edward Selwyn (oboe), Edward Wilson (bassoon), Michael Dobson (oboe), Natalie James (oboe), Stanley Smith (oboe)


Haydn: Divertimento (Feld-Parthie) in C major, Hob.II:7
Dennis Brain (horn)
London Baroque Ensemble
Karl Haas
I. Allegro
II. Minuet
III. Adagio
IV. Minuet
V. Presto

Haydn: Notturno No. 3 in C major, Hob.II:32
Dennis Brain (horn), Cecil James (bassoon), Edward Wilson (bassoon), Neill Sanders (horn), Sidney Sutcliffe (oboe)
London Baroque Ensemble
Karl Haas
I. Allegro moderato
II. Andante cantabile
III. Molto vivace

Mozart: Serenade No. 11 in E flat major, K375
Dennis Brain (horn), Basil Tchaikov (clarinet), Cecil James (bassoon), Edward Wilson (bassoon), Jack Brymer (clarinet), Natalie James (oboe), Neill Sanders (horn), Sidney Sutcliffe (oboe)
London Baroque Ensemble
Karl Haas
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Menuetto I
III. Adagio
IV. Menuetto II
V. Allegro

Mozart: Serenade No. 12 in C minor, K388
Dennis Brain (horn), Basil Tchaikov (clarinet), Cecil James (bassoon), Edward Wilson (bassoon), Jack Brymer (clarinet), Natalie James (oboe), Neill Sanders (horn), Sidney Sutcliffe (oboe)
London Baroque Ensemble
Karl Haas
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Menuetto in canone
IV. Allegro

Bach, C P E: 6 Sonatas, Wq. 184
Dennis Brain (horn), Bernard Walton (clarinet), Cecil James (bassoon), Gareth Morris (flute), Gervase de Peyer (clarinet), Neill Sanders (horn), Richard Adeney (flute)
London Baroque Ensemble
Karl Haas
No. 4 in E-Flat Major. Allegro ma non troppo
No. 3 in G Major. Allegro
No. 6 in C Major. Allegretto grazioso
No. 2 in F Major. Andante
No. 1 in D Major. Allegretto
No. 5 in A Major. Allegro assai

Dittersdorf: Partita in D Major
Dennis Brain (horn), Cecil James (bassoon), Natalie James (oboe), Neill Sanders (horn), Sidney Sutcliffe (oboe)
London Baroque Ensemble
Karl Haas
I. Allegro moderato (Ed. Karl Haas)
II. Minuet & Trio (Ed. Karl Haas)
III. Adagio (Ed. Karl Haas)
IV. Minuet & Trio (Ed. Karl Haas)
V. Finale. Rondo (Ed. Karl Haas)

Mozart: Serenade No. 11 in E flat major, K375
Dennis Brain (horn), Bernard Walton (clarinet), Cecil James (bassoon), Jack Brymer (clarinet), Michael Dobson (clarinet), Natalie James (oboe), Neill Sanders (horn), Stephen Waters (clarinet), Val Kennedy (bassoon)
London Baroque Ensemble
Karl Haas
I. Allegro maestoso
II. Minuet I & Trio
III. Adagio
IV. Minuet II & Trio
V. Allegro

Minuet II & Two Trios (Sextet Version)
Mozart: Serenade No. 12 in C minor, K388
Dennis Brain (horn), Cecil James (bassoon), Edward Wilson (bassoon), Jack Brymer (clarinet), Natalie James (oboe), Neill Sanders (horn), Sidney Sutcliffe (oboe), Stephen Waters (clarinet)
London Baroque Ensemble
Karl Haas
I. Allegro
II. Andante
III. Minuetto in canone
IV. Allegro

Dvořák: Serenade for Winds in D minor, Op. 44
Dennis Brain (horn)
London Baroque Ensemble
Karl Haas
I. Moderato quasi marcia
II. Tempo di minuetto
III. Andante con moto
IV. Allegro molto

Gounod: Petite Symphonie pour vents
Dennis Brain (horn)
London Baroque Ensemble
Karl Haas
I. Adagio - Allegretto
II. Andante cantabile - Andante
III. Scherzo. Allegro moderato
IV. Finale. Allegretto

Strauss, R: Sonatina No. 2 (Symphony) in E flat major for 16 wind instruments, AV 143 'Fröhliche Werkstatt'
Dennis Brain (horn)
London Baroque Ensemble
Karl Haas
Sonatine No. 2 in E-Flat Major "Fröhliche Werkstatt": I. Allegro con brio
Sonatine No. 2 in E-Flat Major "Fröhliche Werkstatt": II. Andantino
Sonatine No. 2 in E-Flat Major "Fröhliche Werkstatt": III. Minuet
Sonatine No. 2 in E-Flat Major "Fröhliche Werkstatt": IV. Andante - Allegro

 Excerpt, Beethoven: Mödlinger Tänze WoO 17
Dennis Brain (horn)
London Baroque Ensemble
Karl Haas
No. 2, Minuet in B-Flat Major
No. 1, Waltz in E-Flat Major
No. 3, Waltz in E-Flat Major
No. 10, Waltz in D Major
No. 11, Waltz in D Major

Indy: Chansons et Danses for 7 wind instruments, Op. 50
Dennis Brain (horn), Bernard Walton (clarinet), Gareth Morris (flute), Gervase de Peyer (clarinet), Sidney Sutcliffe (oboe)
London Baroque Ensemble
Karl Haas
I. Chanson
II. Danses

Strauss, R: Suite in B flat major, Op. 4
Dennis Brain (horn)
London Baroque Ensemble
Karl Haas
I. Praeludium
II. Romanze
III. Gavotte
IV. Introduction und Fuge

Arnell: Serenade for 10 Winds and Double bass, Op. 57
Dennis Brain (horn)
London Baroque Ensemble
Karl Haas
I. Prelude. Andante con moto
II. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
III. Canzone. Larghetto
IV. Ballet. Allegro

Norman Kaye: Miniature Quartet
Dennis Brain (horn), Cecil James (bassoon), Richard Adeney (flute), Stephen Waters (clarinet)
Karl Haas
I. Moderato e marcato
II. Lento
III. Fughetta. Moderato ritmico e distino