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French Horn Recommendations

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My daughter was asked to take up the French horn (she currently plays trumpet) next year for the school band / orchestra. I'm looking for recordings which highlight the horn to help familiarize her with the sound / capabilities of the instrument before she starts lessons this summer. Jazz, Classical, etc... any genre.

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John Graas?

Julius Watkins?

Two different approaches but both trailblazers in jazz on this instrument.

No idea, though, if this maybe is a bit too heavy stuff for somebody who is taking up the instrument

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Jazz: Mark Taylor - QuietLand (Mapleshade). Out of print, but cheap copies are easy to find on Amazon. Excellent music, impeccably recorded.

Classical: Mozart's four horn concerti, but on a modern horn. (Historical "natural" horn may freak her out.). I like Barry Tuckwell's recording from the 1980s.

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My favourite 

 

 

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FWIW  'Il Suono' by John Clark is a great jazz album.

 Tom Varner for the avant garde jazz.

 

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39 minutes ago, JohnS said:

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My favourite

Mine too! - and the first disc I thought of.  Totally unlike any other French Horn date you'll ever hear (it's basically an expanded remake of Don Cherry's Complete Communion) -- and a really winner of a disc, highly recommended!!

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3 hours ago, jeffcrom said:

Jazz: Mark Taylor - QuietLand (Mapleshade). Out of print, but cheap copies are easy to find on Amazon. Excellent music, impeccably recorded.

Classical: Mozart's four horn concerti, but on a modern horn. (Historical "natural" horn may freak her out.). I like Barry Tuckwell's recording from the 1980s.

My mom played the french horn, and her favorite players were Tuckwell and Dennis Brain (she loved Brain's recordings of the Mozart).

She (and I) enjoyed this Tuckwell recording with George Shearing on Concord (1986), which I gave her for Christmas many years ago:

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Everybody's heard Alan Civil!

 

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The Rondo from Mozart's Horn Concerto No 4 is probably the most popular classical horn piece.

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Some lovely french horn playing and textures on the Miles Davis/Gil Evans albums as well. Section playing, not sure if that counts. Same thing goes for the Junior Collins/Gunther Schuller work on 'Birth of the Cool'.

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Just a personal aside: Julius Watkins (native Detroiter) is buried in a cemetery 5 miles from where I live in Plymouth, MI, west of Detroit proper. 

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For classical music check out the Brahms Horn Trio, a favorite of mine along with the previously mentioned Mozart Horn Concertos.

julius Watkins is the man for jazz horn. 

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2nd movement from Dvorak's famous New World Symphony No.9

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