Rhapsodie: Fantasie: Poème

Robert Markow
Fanfare (USA)

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Another recital program, this one for horn and orchestra, comes from Ben Jacks, who looks poised to assume the mantle left by Barry Tuckwell as Down Under’s greatest horn player and one about to conquer the world up top as well (my review will appear in this issue; James Reel’s was in the July/August issue). Tuckwell serves as conductor for six works by five composers (all French but one), each a fine composition that should appeal to those looking for something a bit different and mildly modern. Of course, the program will appeal to horn connoisseurs especially, not only for Jacks’s innate musicality and virtuosic ease of execution, but also for the world premiere recordings of three of the six works. A winner in every sense.