Poster English horn
English horn
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Performance Today®

The English Horn

It's not from England, and it's not a horn, but we call it the English horn. It was invented in Germany and is a close cousin of the oboe. We've got a gorgeous solo for the deceptively named English horn on this episode of Performance Today.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Frederic Chopin: Nocturne Op. 72 No. 1 in E minor op. posth
Mahani Teave, piano
Album: Rapa Nui Odyssey
Rubicon 1066

Ulysses Kay: Pieta
Anna Mattix, English horn | The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra | JoAnn Falletta, conductor
The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY

Samuel Zyman: Sonata No. 2 for Flute and Piano
Mimi Stillman, flute | Charles Abramovic, piano
Dolce Suono Ensemble, Trinity Center for Urban Life, Philadelphia, PA

Frederic Chopin: Polonaise-Fantasie in A-flat Major
Evren Ozel, piano
Schubert Club and Chopin Society of MN, Ordway Concert Hall, St Paul, MN

Hour 2

Antonin Dvorak: Sonatina in G major for violin and piano Op. 100: Movement 2: Larghetto
Randall Goosby, violin | Zhu Wang, piano
Album: Roots
DG 4851756

Antonin Dvorak: Symphony No. 7: Movements 1-2
Philadelphia Orchestra | Yannick Nezet-Seguin, conductor
Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga, NY

Damien Geter: I Said What I Said for Woodwind Quintet
Imani Winds
Chamber Music Northwest, Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland, OR

John Dowland: Lord Willoughby's Welcome Home
Sharon Isbin, guitar
Album: Journey To The New World
Sony 45456

John Duarte: Appalachian Dreams
Sharon Isbin, guitar
Album: Dreams of a World

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