A Noble and Melancholy Instrument
Music for horns and pianos of the 19th century
Alec Frank-Gemmill (horn), Alasdair Beatson (piano)
BIS BIS2228 (hybrid CD/SACD)
Reviewed July 2017
This beautifully thought-through disc has horn player Alec Frank-Gemmill and pianist Alasdair Beatson playing four different pianos and four different horns, all historically appropriate, in a programme ranging through Rossini, Glazunov, Dukas and more. Their warm, easy musicianship makes this edifying and effortlessly enjoyable.
Audio clip: Rondo from Beethoven's Horn Sonata in F