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    Hello!

    I am from Germany and recently became aware of this forum.
    I have been intensively involved with classical music for about 20 years, but I listen to it exclusively historically informed (HIP) and on period instruments.

    Besides various instrumental works, I am particularly interested in opera; among my favorite operas are Salome by Richard Strauss and Le nozze di Figaro by Mozart.

    I am also interested in music theory, instruments of different eras as well as instrument making, and I collect scores.


    Greetings,
    Natural Horn

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    Welcome to TalkClassical, Natural Horn. I hope you enjoy the forum.

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    Welcome Natural Horn! I'm interested in period instruments and early music revival, but with the exception of certain folk/traditional music, I find it difficult to find performances or recordings on historically accurate instruments. Can you recommend any HIP classical recordings? Thanks

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    Excellent. Welcome.

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    Thank you


    Quote Originally Posted by Zauberfloete View Post
    Welcome Natural Horn! I'm interested in period instruments and early music revival, but with the exception of certain folk/traditional music, I find it difficult to find performances or recordings on historically accurate instruments. Can you recommend any HIP classical recordings? Thanks
    Oh, there are many orchestras that play period instruments and often specialize in a particular era.

    For example, there is a recording of Le nozze di Figaro from 2004, conducted by René Jacobs. The orchestra Concerto Köln plays on period instruments, and Jacobs conducts in a historically informed manner. (Regrettably, his conducting is based on the old New Mozart Edition, which was still flawed and was not corrected until about 2015 in a new edition).

    I also recommend the new recording of Beethoven's opera Leonore, this time with the Freiburger Barockorchester. Jacobs plays the original version, also on period instruments. In this recording one hears, for example, how variantly and inventively Beethoven used the natural horns.
    Right at the beginning of Florestan's aria in the dark dungeon, he has two natural horns play a stopped note that sounds rattling and piercing, followed by a soft, openly played note. It sounds like a short outcry that quickly dies away. If instead played on valve horns built so that all notes sound open, these sounds are missing, the rattling, piercing note suddenly sounds just as soft as the following note - the contrast effect is lost, the music is smoothed out.



    Greetings,
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    Herzlich Wilkommen!

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    Vielen Dank!



    Greetings,
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    Welcome to TC, NH. I'm sure you'll find lots of interesting stuff on here.

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