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CD coverVoices from the Past, Vol. 1.

Instruments of the Bate Collection, Oxford.

 

The Bate Collection is one of the UK's most fascinating collections of historical musical instruments. For horn players it is of key importance due to the association of writers, researchers and collectors such as Reginald Morley-Pegge, Anthony Baines and Jeremy Montagu.

In 2011 Anneke was invited to participate in a research project organised by the Bate Collection which was to culminate in the recording of the first volume of the Bate's new series of discs "Voices from the Past".

The CD contains a wealth of repertoire, from the earliest "cor de chasse" fanfares right up until the early 20th century and offers one of the most comprehensive guides to the history of the instrument.

 

 

"HORN CALL" (Journal of the International Horn Society) REVIEW, FEBRUARY 2014.

"The horn has a fascinating and complicated history, which Anneke Scott explores in this music written between 1734 and 1906. Scott is a wonderfully expressive and agile horn player. She goes for, and gets, maximum emotional impact in each piece. Sometimes she is smooth, sometimes raucous, sometimes singing softly, sometimes dancing with bounce, but she is always musically engaged, which makes listening to the CD a real pleasure.

Most of the repertoire on the disc will be familiar, in particular the Mozart Duos, the Dukas Villanelle, and the Schubert Auf dem Strom (the period instrument Scott plays on this piece, tuned to Classical pitch, makes the piece sound in Eb to our ears, instead of in E). The pieces by Dampierre are short horn calls, some of them with echoes nicely played by a second hornist (Walters). The Forrest Harmony pieces are duo settings of familiar music from Handel's Water Music. The Haydn is an extremely difficult (though not, apparently, for Scott) trio with violin and cello. The Simrock is a duo for horn and harp. The Moscheles is a Classical era showpiece. The Saint-Saëns is one of two Romances - this is the one in F major. Strauss's Andante is a short piece written to celebrate the composer's parents' anniversary.

Scott plays a different period instrument for each piece and handles them with aplomb - the range of sounds is wonderful. Liner notes describe each instrument and made me hungry for photos - I hope she will post pictures of the instruments on her website. The natural horns in the Dampierre, for example, are played without correcting pitch with the right hand and the intonation will surprise you. It adds to the raw, outdoor feeling of these calls. The Dukas is played on an instrument that can accommodate both the valveless opening section and the fingered remainder of the piece - the valve clicking on the recording reminds us of how far the technology has evolved.

Composers writing for the natural horn had the sound of covered notes in their heads and it is a pleasure to hear these sounds both executed with confidence and incorporated into Scott's wonderful interpretations of these pieces." Daniel Grabois, University of Wisconsin-Madison (DG)

 

 

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AUDIO EXTRACTS

 

Dampierre - Fanfares
Anneke Scott (trompe de chasse by Carlin, Paris, 18th c)

 

Handel/anon - Duets from Forrest Harmony and The Compleat Tutor
Anneke Scott (cor de chasse by Bennett, London, c.1700)
Joseph Walters (cor de chasse by Haas Nürnberg, 18th c.)


Haydn - Divertimento a tre
Anneke Scott (anonymous, hand horn, Austro-Bohemian, 18th c.)
Marcus Barcham-Stevens (violin), Robin Michael (cello)


Mozart - Duos
Anneke Scott (Courtois neveu aîné hand horn, Paris, 19th c.)
Joseph Walters (Courtois neveu aîné hand horn, Paris, 19th c. )

 

Simrock - Theme and variations
Anneke Scott (cor solo by Marcel-Auguste Raoux, Paris, 1823)
Frances Kelly (harp)

 

Moscheles - Introduction et Rondo
Anneke Scott (radius omnitonic horn by Callcott, London, 19th. c)
Steven Devine (piano)

 

Schubert - Auf dem Strom
Anneke Scott (hand horn with additional
2 Stölzel valve block by Thomas Key)
James Gilchrist (tenor), Steven Devine (piano)

 

Saint-Säens - Romance
Anneke Scott (hand horn by Halari, Paris, 19th c.)
Steven Devine (piano)

 

Richard Strauss - Andante
Anneke Scott (Rotary single F valve horn by
Sachsische Musikinstrumenten Fabriken, Klingenthal, early 20th c.)
Steven Devine (piano)

 

Paul Dukas - Villanelle
Anneke Scott (Périnet valved horn by Couesnon, Paris, early 20th c.,
plus one mute!), Steven Devine (piano)