Douglas Allanbrook

Pieces for French Horn and Piano by


The Majesty Of The Horn

Stravinsky's always been my favorite 20th century composer. That's why I'm so drawn to Allanbrook's music—particularly this monumental, nearly symphonic French horn and piano piece. No writing I know so passionately explores the horn's enormous range of expression. Allanbrook's son John, a rising young horn virtuoso, turns in an extraordinarily sensitive reading—it's obvious their musical bonds go far deeper then the score. "Night Music", a panoramic five-movement suite for piano, rounds out the CD. One listen let me hear why Copeland, Rorem and Piston admired Allanbrook's composing so much. Sonically, this is one of my two or three best recordings. The horn has a huge, wonderfully reverberant sound; the accompanying Bosendorfer Imperial is thunderous with pristine overtones in the quiet passages. (#07682)

John Allanbrook, French horn
Douglas Allanbrook, piano



I. 25 building blocks 1-7 - listen to full song
II. night music:
night garden 8 - listen to sample
night sky 9 - listen to sample
night alarms 10
night birds 11
night patrol 12
All pieces by Douglas Allanbrook