Aureole etc.

Golden Age singers

Nimbus on-line

Faure songs
Charlotte de Rothschild (soprano);

  Founder: Len Mullenger
Classical Editor: Rob Barnett


Antonio ROSETTI (c1750-92)
Horn Concertos in E flat, C49; D minor, C38; E, C51; F, C53.

Zdenek Divoký (horn)
Czech Chamber Orchestra/Ondrej Kukal.

Rec Studios Martínek, Prague, 1997 DDD
CD available for post-free online mail-order or you may download individual tracks. For some labels you can download the entire CD with a single click and make HUGE savings. The price you see is the price you pay! The full booklet notes are available on-line.

NOTE • Click on the button and you can buy the disc or read the booklet details • You can also access each track which you may then sample or down load. • Further Information.

Antonio Rosetti wrote seventeen concertos for the solo horn and seven for two horns. This large output was due to the high standard of the players at the Court Orchestra of Wallerstein in Germany, where Rosetti was active. The four concertos recorded here demonstrate Rosetti's natural, free-flowing melodic gifts and his easy invention. They are, in the best sense of the phrase, 'easy-listening'. Pieces of this ilk respond well to performances which demonstrate careful preparation coupled with an in-depth belief in the quality of the music - and that is exactly what they receive here. The warm, archetypically Czech sound of the orchestra is entirely apt (QUOTE 1): large and rich, enhanced by a subtle and carefully-applied vibrato. Divoký's orchestral experience speaks volumes about the calibre of his playing. He was solo horn with the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra, then a player with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra from 1979.

Divoký's playing is bold, but there is no lack of subtlety there, also. In fact, such is his identification with the music that these four concertos (a total of nearly one hour and twenty minutes' playing time) flow easily in a single sitting. Listeners may enjoy the similarities between the slow movement of the E flat concerto and that of Mozart's Second Horn Concerto (QUOTE 2).

There is plenty of diversity to be found here. It is entirely fitting that the disc should end with a bright and breezy F major concerto (notable also for a lovely woodwind episode in its Romanze). But listen also to the darker, more muted shades of the Adagio of the E major Concerto (QUOTE 3) to realise that there is an emotional depth underlying Rosetti's persona.

The hunting element to the finales is well projected: try the finale to the E major Concerto for a riotous ride ...

An excellently performed and engineered product, therefore. The recording itself is warm with just the right amount of reverberation to highlight the Czech bloom that suits this music so well.

Colin Clarke


CD Price: £ 11.50 Post-free Air Mail World-wide
- Download Price:
£ 7.11
Buy CD:
Download all tracks:

(minimum 30 secs)

Concerto in E-flat Major. Murray C49 / Kaul III:36:
Allegro moderato

Romanze. Adagio ma non tanto

Rondo. Allegretto ma non tanto

Concerto in D Minor. Murray C38 / Kaul III:43:
Allegro molto



Concerto in E Major. Murray C51 / Kaul III:42:
Allegro moderato


Rondo a la chasse

Concerto in F Major. Murray C53 / Kaul III:38:
Allegro Vivace

Romanze. Adagio non tanto

Rondo. Allegretto

You require QuickTime to listed to samples.

Get a free QuickTime download here

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION • You can sample only 30 seconds (or 15% if that is longer) of a given track. Select from the View tracks list. Each sample will normally start from the beginning but you can drag the slider to any position before pressing play. • PLEASE NOTE: If you are behind a firewall and the sound is prematurely terminated you may need to register Ludwig as a trusted source with your firewall software. •You will need Quicktime to hear sound samples. Get a free Quicktime download here • If you cannot see the "Sample All Tracks" button you need to download Flash from here.

Return to Index

Untitled Document

Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.