In 1996 I performed the Gliere Concerto in Denmark. Jin Wang was at the podium and after the first performance in Esbjerg, I was feeling great for the second run - taking place in the town of Ribe; excited yet relaxed. Right after we started the second movement, I was aware of some disturbance at the very back of the hall. I really was rather engrossed in the music, but faintly registered some erratic clapping by a single set of hands and some vocal grunting and whooping.
This third and final installment concerns my only "horn hero" that I had the privilege to meet, hear in live performance, and play for. Vitali Buyanovsky was already retired from the Leningrad Philharmonic in 1986 when he was going to be one of the featured artists at the Nordic Horn Workshop in Finland. I had heard rumors that gum disease prevented him from keeping the high-paced professional playing schedule that his position in the orchestra required. At this point I d
In this series I will write about the horn-players that have consistently inspired me for several years. The ones that I keep returning to – whose recordings I somehow can't shake. Obviously there are others I admire as well, and I do believe that there is an element of chance in how one's heroes are selected. My first horn-hero was Hermann Baumann. When I was a teenager, he was at the height of his recording days, and especially the series of recordings that he put out on