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| 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
HÄNSSLER CLASSIC CD98.383 [77'31]
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| 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.
in E-flat Major. Murray C49 / Kaul III:36:
in D Minor. Murray C38 / Kaul III:43:
in E Major. Murray C51 / Kaul III:42:
in F Major. Murray C53 / Kaul III:38:
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