A Noble and Melancholy Instrument

A Noble and Melancholy Instrument

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