My latest CD mini-review for WRTI, including podcast. You can read all my CD reviews here.

Grande Messe de Saint Hubert. Hermann Baumann

Hunting music for natural horns, valve horns, organ
Hermann Baumann, horn soloist and conductor
Folkwang Horn Ensemble, Deutsche Naturhorn Solisten, Wolfgang Klasener, organ

It would be difficult to choose one musical instrument to represent a country, but if the country is Germany, the instrument would have to be (of all things) the French horn. The horn really is French, but Germans adopted it early on for its nobility of tone and noblesse oblige in ensemble playing. Well, everyone prizes those qualities, but there’s something that particularly resonates with the German soul, and that is its naivete, its unaffected folk simplicity. This comes out of its origins as a hunting-horn… read more…