Rhapsodie: Fantasie: Poème

Matt Bailey
Fine Music (2MBS) (Australia)

This splendidly packaged release from local label Melba Recordings presents the talent of Ben Jacks, French horn, performing with the Queensland Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria. In what is a refreshing change from the usual repertoire presented on French horn recordings—copious amounts of Mozart and little else—there is a high probability that you haven’t even heard of some of the composers on this gem. Under the expert guidance of French horn veteran Barry Tuckwell as he conducts both orchestras, Ben Jacks’ virtuosity and placement in some often highly-challenging works is perfect … the album is an absolute gem and a must for fans of horn rarities and orchestral magic.