AMERICAN HORN QUARTET
THE CHRISTMAS ALBUMHoliday Favorites for French Horns
Leroy Anderson-Fry & Turner, Albert Hague-Winter, George Frideric Handel-Jones, Jacob Handl-Turner, William James-Gregan, Felix Mendelssohn-Hackleman, Walter Perkins, Mel Torme-Perkins, Traditional-Brooks & Bock, Kerry Turner
AMERICAN HORN QUARTET
AMERICAN HORN QUARTET
Kerry Turner, Geoffrey Winter, Kristina Mascher-Turner and Charles Putnam
QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA HORNS
Peter Luff, Malcolm Stewart, Ian O’Brien, Lauren Manuel and Vivienne Collier-Vickers
HARRY WILSON, didgeridoo
CHARLES PUTNAM and KERRY TURNER, percussion
LACHLAN HAWKINS, percussion & drums
PETER LUFF and KERRY TURNER, conductors
“The Christmas Album is the ultimate treat for French horn fanciers... Nicely conceived and well-executed arrangements of traditional carols and pop songs with a Christmas theme... There’s a lot of variety in a program that ranges historically from the 16th century German carol 'Lo How a Rose e’er Blooming' all the way to 'You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.'"
Phil Muse, Audio Society of Atlanta [December 2016]
PROGRAM NOTESFor many, Christmas time and music are inseparable. There have been countless songs, carols and musical compositions written on the theme of Christmas. Whether sacred or secular, music is an integral part of this festive holiday. When choosing which pieces to include on this Christmas album, we wanted to create one large opus that would serenade not only horn aficionados, but listeners all over the world, bringing them into the Christmas season. Following a previous successful collaboration on a large horn ensemble project, it was clear that the American Horn Quartet and horns of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra were destined to combine forces once more. This Christmas album is the result, and will be the last from the AHQ before their retirement. Thanks to the great artistry and support of all those involved, this magical program came into being, serving not only as a farewell to the horn world from the American Horn Quartet, but as a musical gift to the world at large. Merry Christmas!
In its 30th and final season, the American Horn Quartet is unique in the field of brass chamber music. The AHQ’s 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 much longer tradition than most people realize. Mastering the already existing repertoire, they subsequently went on to compose, arrange and commission new works for the horn quartet. The individual members of the AHQ are successful soloists in their own right, having won top international competitions in New York, Geneva, Prague, Passau, Markneukirchen and Munich. As a quartet, they took top honors at numerous chamber music competitions, including the Philip Jones International Brass Chamber Music Competition in Barcs, Hungary; the Notamus Competiton in Brussels, Belgium; and the Tokyo International Chamber Music Competition in Japan.. Over the past 20 years, besides being featured at horn and brass festivals around the globe, the American Horn Quartet has established itself at regular chamber music concert series on the international circuit. They have also appeared as soloists with numerous symphony orchestras, among them the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, Brabants Orchestra of Eindhoven, Sinfonia Varsovia, Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio and Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Some of the highlights of the AHQ’s performing career include their appearance at the Barbican Centre in London, with the Tonhalle-Orchester in Zürich, a recording collaboration with the horn section of the New York Philharmonic, a recital in Melbourne, Australia, with horn soloist legend Barry Tuckwell, performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., an appearance at the Hollywood Bowl, and a five-minute standing ovation at the 20th International Horn Society Workshop in Tallahassee, Florida. In total, the AHQ has presented more than 500 concerts and master classes worldwide, and produced ten critically acclaimed CDs. For individual biographies of the AHQ members, visit www.hornquartet.com.
Kristina Mascher-Turner: Ricco Kühn X383 triple horn
Charles Putnam: Rauch double horn
Kerry Turner: Paxman triple horn
Geoffrey Winter: Paxman Model 72 XL bore horn
Malcolm Stewart heads up the QSO Horns as Principal and is the most recent appointment. Malcolm’s glorious sound and exceptional musicianship is the perfect addition to this wonderful ensemble. He has held Principal positions in Australia and overseas, but has made Queensland his home where he enjoys his other passion, fishing. The inimitable Peter Luff is next in command as Associate Principal Horn.The QSO horns are lucky enough to have two extraordinary first horns, and little separates them other than Luff’s ability to surreptitiously incorporate “Pop goes the Weasel” in any key, style, mode or tempo in any orchestral work, both in rehearsal and performance. Ian O’Brien is Principal 3rd, and apart from his marvelous horn playing, he is the only person in the section who will reliably know what the count is in the bars of rest. Ian has achieved a PhD in Audiology, therefore his ears are in the best shape in the section. When Ian isn’t playing the horn or peering in peoples’ ears it’s hard to believe he has time to engage in his other pursuits of playing guitar and recording/editing music. Lauren Manuel and Vivienne Collier-Vickers, apart from creating gender balance and being the youngest and oldest members in the section, are the glue that binds the high players together with their low registers. Lauren’s versatility as a hornist means she is often called upon to display her talents as a high player in the section when necessary and is a sought-after guest player in Australia and New Zealand whilst Vivienne has long been regarded as one of Australia’s finest low horn specialists.
Malcolm Stewart: Alexander 103 horn
Peter Luff: Darin Sorley Custom GS-1 double horn
Ian O’Brien: Engelbert Schmid double horn
Lauren Manuel: Alexander 103 horn
Vivienne Collier-Vickers: Alexander 1103 horn
PROGRAMFelix Mendelssohn (arr. Hackleman)
SYMPHONY OF CAROLS
Jacob Handl (arr. Turner)
ASPICIENS A LONGE
Traditional German Carol (arr. Brooks & Bock)
LO, HOW A ROSE E’ER BLOOMING
George Frideric Handel (arr. Jones)
FOR UNTO US A CHILD IS BORN
William James (arr. Gregan)
THE THREE DROVERS
Mel Torme (arr. Perkins)
THE CHRISTMAS SONG
Leroy Anderson (arr. Fry & Turner)
Albert Hague (arr. Winter)
YOU’RE A MEAN ONE, MR. GRINCH
Symphony of Carols available from Paddi’s Prints. For Unto Us A Child Is Born available from Solid Wood Music [ www.solidwoodmusic.com ].
For all other pieces, contact Kerry Turner at email@example.com.