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    Quote Originally Posted by Enthusiast View Post
    I know quite a few - many of them very good - but I really want to second the Faust, der Zwart, Melnikov version as something very special. Certainly it reinvigorated my appreciation of the work and has made me think of it as a much finer work than I had previously.
    I listened very carefully to this recording. I agree. It is very special. Glad I have it now. Thank you.

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    Beaux Arts Trio: Francis Orval (French Horn), György Sebok (Piano), Arthur Grumiaux (Violin)

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    Florestan Trio with Stephen Stirling (horn)

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    Default Lowell Greer, the natural horn, and Brahms

    Hi all! My first post to Talk Classical and it's on one of my favorite pieces to listen to. . . or to play.

    As the Horn Trio was written for natural horn (or hand horn), I am most drawn to Lowell Greer's masterful 1991 recording with Stephanie Chase and Steven Lubin. Playing the Horn trio on the original natural horn is a total beast and Greer makes it sound so easy, so smooth and plaintive. I prefer this natural horn recording over recordings played on modern horns. Part of it is that Brahms himself played the hand horn, as did his father. And he while could have written for horn with valves he clearly preferred the sound of the natural horn. And Brahms really understood the tonality possible.

    Give the Greer recording a listen:
    https://open.spotify.com/album/67iL1NwGdeMCc8e8XVcPFV

    For more on the natural horn and Brahms, here's a great link:
    http://www.public.asu.edu/~jqerics/b...ural-horn.html


    Of course there's always the genius Dennis Brain or Barry Tuckwell on the modern double horn.
    (My defaults for hornist are: Dennis Brain, Hermann Baumann, Barry Tuckwell)

    PS: Greer's other record on natural horn, all Mozart, is dazzling.

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    Agreed about the Greer recording. I also love the newish recording on Harmonia Mundi with Teunis van der Zwart on natural horn.

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    Lowell Greer. Yes, indeed. Much recommended!

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    Did Baumann record the Brahms, Opus 40? I have lots of his CDs, but I don't think he did.

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    Going to check out the Greer, thanks. I've only heard it played on the modern horn, and it's glorious enough just like that. I expect even better things on the instrument it was actually intended for.

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    Just got the Chandos recording (Michael Thompson) and the one with Andras Schiff on DECCA. Thanks for the tips.
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    I have a somewhat obscure CD recording of the Brahms Op. 40 horn trio that I bought used about 10 years ago when I was living in Frankfurt am Main. It features legendary Gewandhausorchester Leipzig horn player Peter Damm with Josef Suk on violin and Werner Genuit on piano. It’s paired with the clarinet trio. I love this recording! The musicians are comfortable with the piece and evidently take great joy in it. I don’t own any other recordings, but I think this one compares very favorably to some of the previously mentioned ones that I’ve heard on the radio.

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    I also picked up while in Germany a version of the Op. 40 played on viola instead of horn. Because I am a fan of the viola, I tend to enjoy viola versions of music written for other alto instruments (clarinet and horn in particular). I hope this doesn’t trigger anyone! I do like the actual horn version, too! Anyway, the fiery Russian violist Maxim Rysanov made a recording in 2007 on the Onyx label that might be of interest.

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    Peter Damm is a wonderful hornist. I’ll look around for it. Also, the Viola version...even though I am a horn player! Just listened to the Testament CD of Serkin, Busch and Aubrey Brain (Dennis’ father). A fabulous performance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gray Bean View Post
    Did Baumann record the Brahms, Opus 40? I have lots of his CDs, but I don't think he did.
    Baumann is one of my favorite horn players. The good news is that yes he did record the Brahms Horn Trio, on a natural horn, with violinist Stoika Milanova, and pianist Malcolm Frager, for the BASF label in 1971. The bad news is that, to my knowledge, the recording has never been released on CD (& I've never heard it, & it's not posted on You Tube, either...):

    From Baumann's website:

    Johannes Brahms Trio Es—Dur für Klavier, Violine, und Waldhorn, Op. 40 Malcom Frager, klavier; Stoika Milanova, violine; Hermann Baumann, horn 1971 MP8 168 007 1971 MP8 BASF 2521184 -3

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    If only I owned a record label...

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