About this project
The long-awaited new CD by the American Horn Quartet
At long last, the American Horn Quartet is returning to the recording studio. We will be presenting 20 of our greatest incidental pieces and encore hits.
WHEN: The recording sessions were May 29-31, 2014, and we are looking for a release date before Christmas.
WHERE: Sängerhalle in Saulheim, Germany.
RECORDING ENGINEER: Grammy-award winning producer, Gregg Squires
LABEL: Albany Records
ABOUT THE AMERICAN HORN QUARTET
Entering its 29th season, the American Horn Quartet continues to be unique in the field of brass chamber music. Their exuberant performances have brought audiences all over the world to their feet. In 1982, four American horn players who were working and residing in Europe met for the first time to explore the potential of the horn quartet, a chamber music formation with a longer tradition than most people realize. Mastering the existing repertoire, they then began to compose and arrange, as well as commission new works for the horn quartet. The members of the AHQ are all successful soloists in their own right, having won top prizes in Geneva, Prague, New York, Passau, and Munich. Together they brought home top honors in Barcs, Hungary (Philip Jones Competition), Brussels, and Tokyo. Over the past twenty years, besides being featured at horn and brass festivals around the globe, the AHQ has established itself at concert series on the international circuit. They have also appeared as soloists with numerous symphony orchestras, among them the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Philharmonica Hungarica, the Brabants Orchestra of Eindhoven and the Queensland Symphony in Brisbane, just to name a few. Some highlights include their performance on stage at the Barbican in London, an appearance with orchestra at the Tonhalle in Zürich, a recording collaboration with the horn section of the New York Philharmonic, a recital in Melbourne, Australia featuring the great horn soloist Barry Tuckwell in a cameo appearance, performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., and a five-minute standing ovation at the 20th International Horn Society Workshop in Tallahassee, Florida. Summing up the career of an ensemble which has accomplished so much, presented over five hundred concerts and master classes world wide, and has produced ten CDs, is a difficult task indeed. Therefore we invite you to discover the American Horn Quartet for yourself.
ABOUT THE ALBUM
Over the years, the AHQ has concentrated on enlarging, perfecting, performing and recording the major works for horn quartet. Many of these works were either commissioned works or composed by members of the group itself. However, it is often the encore works that bring fans to their feet: firecracker pieces, lush romantic songs, jazzy numbers and famous melodies by the greatest Baroque master of all, J. S. Bach. This is a collection of 20 of the AHQ’s most famous incidental pieces and encores.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
The funding of such high-quality artistic projects can be very expensive. Most of the AHQ CD’s in the past have been financed by the members themselves. It is indeed this financial hurdle that has prevented the group from continuing their recording activities. But now through the KICKSTARTER program, the quartet is asking our many fans, friends and family to contribute to the cause. As always, we are also putting our own resources into this CD production. The budget is above the $12,000 we hope to raise here, so you would be an important partner with the AHQ in bringing this music to life and spreading it around the world. Thank you so much!
Risks and challenges
We've already had the recording sessions, and our producer is working on the edits. Albany Records has already sent us an offer (upon which we have based our campaign.)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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