Essentials!

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On this album Hervé Joulain and Silke Avenhaus offer a romantic journey through the 19th century. If there are instruments that have left their mark on Romantic music, they are not to be found elsewhere than in the horn and piano. The horn with the invention of the valves in the 19th century offering chromaticism thus helping the horn to sing like any other instrument, and the modern piano, which appeared at the end of Beethoven’s life, with its double escapement keyboard that allows rapid note repetition and therefore more virtuoso playing. This precisely made it possible to express all the feelings that Romantic music demands of them.
The modernity of the piano is obvious from the earliest piece of this CD, Sonate op. 17 of Beethoven which seems to have been written exclusively for this new piano and whose horn part only answers the call. The second move reverses the roles and the expressiveness of the horn is solicited in this sort of slow march which, in this duet between Hervé Joulain and Silke Avenhaus, prefigures what this romantic journey will look like. The piano announces, supports, anticipates, responds, blends in or stands out and, above all, remains the inseparable partner of this common expression of desire. What could possibly be more romantic…? ESSENTIALS! brings together the quintessence of the composers who, during the 19th century, contributed to the novelties of the horn and piano, as the discovery or rediscovery of each masterpiece of this album attests too.

Thanks to his outstanding career, Hervé Joulain has presented the horn as a solo instrument in 125 different orchestras, with concerts of Haydn, Mozart, Schumann, Weber, Saint-Saëns, Strauss, Britten in numerous countries. He also has a predilection for chamber music which he pursues regularly with partners like Paul Tortelier, Pierre Amoyal, Vadim Repin, Michel Dalberto, Boris Berezowski, Boris Belkin, Pinchas Zukerman, Natacha Guttman, Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer in France as well as in all of Europe, in Canada, the USA and in Israel.

Numerous solo concerts and appearances in chamber music ensembles have taken Silke Avenhaus throughout Europe, the USA and South East Asia. She performs with artists such as Antje Weithaas, Marie-Luise Neunecker, Tabea Zimmermann, Christoph Poppen, Jörg Widmann, Sabine Meyer, Quirine Viersen and Tai Murray. Her approach to piano and chamber music, characterized by joy and creativity, has led to numerous distinctions by music critics such as the Diapason d’Or, the Supraphon Award, as well as earning a nomination for the Grammy Award.

Tracklist

1.
Fantaisie op.2 from Schubert Sehnsuchtswalzer - Adagio
03:10
2.
Fantaisie op.2 from Schubert Sehnsuchtswalzer - Thema
00:59
3.
Fantaisie op.2 from Schubert Sehnsuchtswalzer - Varation 1
00:54
4.
Fantaisie op.2 from Schubert Sehnsuchtswalzer - Varation 2
01:05
5.
Fantaisie op.2 from Schubert Sehnsuchtswalzer - Andante con moto
02:27
6.
Fantaisie op.2 from Schubert Sehnsuchtswalzer - Rondo Russien
03:08
7.
Fantaisie op.2 from Schubert Sehnsuchtswalzer - Più mosso
00:38
8.
Adagio & Allegro op 70 in Ab Major - Adagio - Langsam mit innigem Ausdruck
03:50
9.
Adagio & Allegro op 70 in Ab Major - Allegro - Rash und Feurig
04:55
10.
Sonate op.17 in F Major - Allegro Moderato
08:36
11.
Sonate op.17 in F Major - Poco Adagio, Quasi Andante
01:20
12.
Sonate op.17 in F Major - Rondo
05:01
13.
Introduction, Theme and Var. in Eb - Introduction
00:50
14.
Introduction, Theme and Var. in Eb - Thema
01:18
15.
Introduction, Theme and Var. in Eb - Variation 1
00:41
16.
Introduction, Theme and Var. in Eb - Variation 2
00:32
17.
Introduction, Theme and Var. in Eb - Variation 3
01:06
18.
Introduction, Theme and Var. in Eb - Variation 4
01:08
19.
Introduction, Theme and Var. in Eb - Variation 5
01:23
20.
Romance op.67 in E to Henri Chaussier - Adagio
06:55
21.
Prelude, Theme and Variations - I. Andante maestoso
03:15
22.
Prelude, Theme and Variations - II. Allegro moderato
02:06
23.
Prelude, Theme and Variations - III. Andante maestoso
01:33
24.
Prelude, Theme and Variations - IV. Poco più mosso
02:13

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Press reviews

De Gelderlander, januari 2023 4 out of 5

Hervé Joulain (1966) laat duidelijk merken zijn ventielhoorn helemaal in zijn macht te hebben. En Silke Avenhaus (1969) stuwt met haar doortastende aanpak vanachter het klavier het ensemblespel tot grote hoogte….Imponerend is het musiceren in Adagio & Allegro opus 70 van Robert Schumann (1810- 1856). De aanpak van Joulain en Avenhaus ademt grandeur. Met veel flair storten de twee zich ook op Beethovens Hoornsonate in F, opus 17….Minstens zo enthousiast ben ik tenslotte over de opnamekwaliteit. De hoorn schettert en schalt alsof je naast de speler staat. Lekker fel en uitdagend. Tegelijkertijd streelt het instrument in de lyrische passages het gemoed. Het mooist blijft ondertussen het zangerig samensmelten van de hoornklanken met het fraaie, stimulerende pianospel. Als altijd essentieel voor optimaal kamermuziekgenot.

Hervé Joulain (1966) clearly shows that he has complete control over his valve horn. And Silke Avenhaus (1969) pushes the ensemble playing to great heights with her thorough approach from behind the keyboard….Impressive is the music making in Adagio & Allegro opus 70 by Robert Schumann (1810-1856). The approach of Joulain and Avenhaus exudes grandeur. With great flair, the two also throw themselves onto Beethoven’s Horn Sonata in F, opus 17… I am at least as enthusiastic about the recording quality. The horn blares as if you were standing next to the player. Very bright and provocative. At the same time, the instrument caresses the soul in the lyrical passages. The most beautiful, meanwhile, remains the melodious fusion of the horn with the beautiful, stimulating piano playing. As always essential for the best chamber music enjoyment.

OpusKlassiek, december 2022

Het spel van de beide musici is van hoog gehalte en deze uitgave daarom zeker een aanwinst: er wordt met verve en technisch meesterschap (zeker de beheersing van de natuurhoorn is een vak apart) gemusiceerd…Tom Peeters zorgde voor een zo natuurgetrouw mogelijke registratie. Hoornspel opnemen is altijd lastig: het kan als een windvlaag de microfoons binnenvliegen…

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