Part II: Fifty Great Chamber Music Recordings
By Matthew Haislip, D.M.A.


Part two in my series is a list of fifty of my favorite recordings that feature the horn in chamber music settings. In order to limit the possibilities, I chose to exclude strictly jazz or popular music ensemble CDs. There are, however, numerous CDs in those categories that deserve attention, including those by Arkady Shilkloper, Tom Varner, Vincent Chancey, Adam Unsworth, Genghis Barbie, Julius Watkins, and Adam Wolf, among others.

In the first list, I featured over fifty different soloists, with some CDs featuring several horn soloists. In this list, I chose to feature more than one CD by the same artists in some instances. My aim was to feature fifty of my favorite recordings, and I did not attempt to include a representative recording of each of the most significant pieces for the horn in chamber music. I selected some CDs of transcriptions, as the technical brilliance on those CDs is electrifying. The artists on this list demonstrate peak levels of virtuosity, musicianship, blend, balance, intonation, and phrasing. There is overlap of chamber music and solo repertoire in some CDs from the first and second lists. For example, Marie Luise Neunecker’s spectacular recording of the Britten Serenade is on the solo CD list, as it also features both of the Strauss Horn Concerti, and Lowell Greer’s definitive natural horn recording of the Beethoven Horn Sonata is on this list, as the Brahms Horn Trio is also on that CD.

This list was challenging to assemble. Many equally fantastic recordings were not chosen. At another time, I would likely choose a very different list. My final list in this series will feature fifty of my favorite orchestral recordings. These recordings are organized by alphabetical order of performers or ensemble. Happy listening!

  • Alessio Allegrini: Le Grande Fanfare, Label: Tudor
  • American Horn Quartet: Well-Tempered Horn, Label: EBS
  • American Horn Quartet/Horns of the NY Philharmonic: Take 9, Label: MSR Classics
  • Radek Baborak Ensemble: Reicha/Haydn/Mozart/Beethoven, Label: Cryston
  • Georges Barboteu, Gilbert Coursier, Michel Berges, and Daniel Dubar: Schumann Konzertstück, Haydn Concerto in E-Flat for two horns, and Vivaldi Concerto in F for two horns, Label: Sotone Recordings
  • William Barnewitz: Function Lust, Label: Summit Records
  • William Barnewitz: Long Road Home, Label: Avie Records
  • Berlin Philharmonic Horn Quartet: Live in Tokyo, Label: Seven Seas
  • Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet: 20th Century Hungarian Music, Label: BIS
  • Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet: The Seasons (4 CD box set), Label: BIS
  • Budapest Festival Horn Quartet: Cornologia, Label: Hungaroton
  • Canadian Brass: Magic Horn, Label: Opening Day Entertainment Group
  • Canadian Brass/Berlin Philharmonic Brass: Brass in Berlin, Label: Sony Classical
  • Consortium Classicum: Cartellieri: Three Viennese Wind Divertimenti, Label: Classic Produktion Osnabrück
  • Center City Brass Quintet: Arnold/Ewald/Bozza/Maurer/Dahl/Calvert, Label: Chandos
  • Empire Brass: Class Brass: On the Edge, Label: Telarc
  • Empire Brass: Class Brass: Orchestral Favorites Arranged For Brass, Label: Telarc
  • Empire Brass: Live in Japan, Label: Sony Classical
  • Empire Brass: Music of Bernstein, Gershwin, and Tilson Thomas, Label: Telarc
  • German Brass: Bach on Brass, Label: Berlin Classics
  • Lowell Greer: Brahms and Beethoven: Music for Horn, Label: Harmonia Mundi
  • Martin Hackleman: After a Dream, Label: CD Baby
  • Jamie Hersch: Last Autumn, Label: Innova Recordings
  • Hornisten der Berliner Philharmoniker: Opera!, Label: Gebr. Alexander
  • Imani Winds: The Classical Underground, Label: Koch International Classics
  • Richard King: Chamber Music for Horn, Label: Albany Records
  • Felix Klieser: Horn Trios, Label: Berlin Classics
  • Les Vents Français: French Music for Winds/20th Century Wind Quintets, Label: Warner Classics
  • Les Vents Français: Winds and Piano, Label: Warner Classics
  • The London Horn Sound: The London Horn Sound, Label: Cala Records
  • London Winds: Richard Strauss: Complete Music for Winds, Label: Hyperion Records
  • Das Philharmonia Horn Quartett: Günter Högner, Willibald Janezic, Franz Söllner, and Karl Jeitler, Label: Camerata Tokyo
  • Meridian Arts Ensemble: Go!, Label: Channel Classics
  • New York Woodwind Quintet: An American and Paris, Label: Boston Skyline
  • Philip Jones Brass Ensemble: Greatest Hits, Label: Decca Records
  • Pittsburgh Symphony Brass: Bach: The Art of Fugue, Label: Four Winds Entertainment, Inc.
  • Bernhard Scully: Windows in Time, Label: Opening Day Entertainment Group
  • Richard Seraphinoff: Cornucopia II, Label: IU Music
  • Summit Brass: Hindemith: Complete Brass Works, Label: Summit Records
  • Summit Brass: Paving the Way, Label: Summit Records
  • Dallas and Houston Symphony Horn Sections: Texas Horns, Label: Crystal Records
  • Adam Unsworth: Just Follow Instructions, Label: CD Baby
  • Vienna Horns: Directors Cut, Label: ORF
  • Vienna Horns: Vienna Horns, Label: ORF
  • Virtuoso Horn Duo: Works for 2 Horns and Orchestra, Label: MSR Classics
  • Radovan Vlatkovic: Brahms: Horn Trio/Schumann: Andante and Variations; Adagio and Allegro, Label: Decca
  • Washington Symphonic Brass: The Edge, Label: White Tie Records
  • Gail Williams: Horn Muse, Label: Gail M. Williams
  • Gail Williams and Daniel Perantoni: Conversations, Label: Summit Records
  • Sarah Willis: Horn Discoveries, Label: Gebr. Alexander

Dr. Matthew Haislip is a hornist, teacher, and composer currently residing in Starkville, Mississippi. He joined the faculty of Mississippi State University as Instructor of Horn in 2016, and he teaches at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp during the summer months. He is a founding member of Quintasonic Brass, and he holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music, and Texas A&M University-Commerce. His personal website may be found at www.matthaislip.com.

Matthew is a Yamaha Performing Artist.