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Haydn * M Haydn * Mozart: Haydn Horn Concertos-No 1

Magazine article Gramophone

Haydn * M Haydn * Mozart: Haydn Horn Concertos-No 1

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Haydn * M Haydn * Mozart

Haydn Horn Concertos--No 1, HobVlld/3; No 2, HobVlld/4 M Haydn Horn Concerto (Concertino)

Mozart Horn Concerto, K370W371 (reconstr)

Felix Klieser hn

Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra, Heilbronn / Ruben Gazarian

Berlin Classics (F) 0300647BC (60' * DDD)

Virtuosity is a remarkable thing and virtuosos remarkable people. Few more so, perhaps, than Felix Klieser (b1991), a cornist born without arms, who plays what appears to be an unadapted horn, operating the valves with his left foot. How? He has developed a tripod that clamps the horn at the required position and he sits, hooking his leg on to the instrument's body. He controls tone by regulating lip and air pressure, while long stopped passages are facilitated by a further invention, a second tripod controlled by his right foot.

Listeners will have heard him performing Strauss's 'Alphorn' with Christiane Karg (8/14) and may have caught his mixed recital debut disc, 'Reveries', a couple of years ago. …

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