Music for oboe, horn and piano

 


"Throughout the disc, Jeremy Polmear's vibrant and poetic sound is partnered by Stephen Stirling's effortless chamber music playing and imaginative range of horn colours."

George Caird, Double Reed News

 

"Mozart's Horn Quintet arranged for horn, oboe and piano? Well, oddly enough it works; and makes a fascinating opening to this beautifully recorded recital. Herzogenberg's Brahms-like Trio is the largest item on the disc, but keep an ear out for Paul Basler's jazzy Vocalise-Waltz and Jean-Michel Damase's Poulencesque Trio."


Guy Weatherall, Classical Music Magazine

 

"Mozart's Trio transcription has been accomplished very adeptly... especially pleasing is the songful duet between the oboe and horn in the slow movement, not to forget the energy and brio with which all three musicians play the Rondo finale. The recorded sound at Wyastone Leys is first class. If this combination of instruments appeals, and there's no real reason why it shouldn't, you'll find music that is engaging, clever and often quietly memorable."

Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International

 

"It is often said that Herzogenberg's music is derivative and rather academic but the committed performance here belies this."

Paul Sawbridge, The Horn Magazine

 

"Oboe, horn and piano is a rare but oddly beguiling blend of timbres... but it can be richly rewarding, as demonstrated here by Polmear, Stirling and Saxel... Most engaging of all is Air Arabe by H Molbe (pseudonym of a Bach presumably seeking his own identity), a slow, Romantic waltz of wistful tone and lightness of touch."

Andy Gill, Independent

 

"This is one of those surprising niche releases that affords considerable and unalloyed pleasure. The performances in every case are top-notch and utterly idiomatic, and set in a flattering recording space that provides good perspective and a bit of resonance... this release is enthusiastically recommended."

James A. Altena, Fanfare (USA)

 

"This Trio of British musicians showcases the art of playing chamber music at an extremely high level... [the CD] should be in the library of all who are interested in horn, oboe, and chamber music."

Paul Austin, The Horn Call (USA)

 

 

 

Listener Comments


"I enjoyed very much the execution of my Trio. Tempi, style, virtuosity, sensibility, everything is excellent, as I like it."


Jean-Michel Damase, France

 

"I think the arrangement of the Mozart Horn Quintet is very cool! I love the flair and passion the three of you bring to all the pieces on the CD."

Cynthia Carr, USA

 

"This is the finest performance/recording of my work I have ever heard! I am so very happy with it all. The waltz section has never really been done the way I like it - fast, that is! And your interpretation is spot on. Thank you all very much. I am smiling wide!"

Paul Basler, USA

 

"A fantastic recording. Lovely music, absolutely wonderful playing, perfect intonation, perfect dynamic and such a very good balance - clear and not as here in Holland, too near the instruments and therefore not soft enough. Your CD is in my computer and so I always listen to it."

Han de Vries, Holland

 

"It is a perfectly wonderful CD, rooted in the Mozart, and then moving forward into unknown (to us) but glorious territory. What exciting discoveries these pieces are."

Brian Shearing, UK