Today's Classical Music Video

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Barry Tuckwell Discusses and Demonstrates the History of the French Horn

Barry Tuckwell was one of the finest horn players of his generation. For 13 years during the late 1950s and 1960s he was the heart and soul of the London Symphony Orchestra. Some of his best work can be heard on LSO recordings from the period with Pierre Monteux, Josef Krips, Istvan Kertesz – all the Dvorak symphonies – and Andre Previn. He left the LSO to devote himself exclusively to solo playing. He recorded all the major horn concertos and later took up conducting.
It is hard to believe that earlier this year Tuckwell celebrated his 80th birthday. Although he has retired from public performance he remains active as a teacher. He heads the Barry Tuckwell Institute in Colorado which holds sessions every summer. For more information visit the website at Although he was not known as a period instrument specialist, in this video he discusses and demonstrates various types of natural horns.
Paul E. Robinson



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