Aubrey Brain;  Dennis Brain, Leon Goossens, Lener Quartet, etc.  (Pearl 0183)
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Aubrey Brain;  Dennis Brain, Leon Goossens, Lener Quartet, etc.  (Pearl 0183)
W0011. AUBREY BRAIN, w.Boult Cond. BBC S.O.: Horn Concerto #3 in E-flat, K.447; w.Dennis Brain & Léner Quartet: Divertimento #17 in D, K.334; w.Leon Goossens, Kathleen Long, Frederick Thurston & J. Alexander: Quintet in E-flat, K.452 (all Mozart). (England) Pearl 0183, recorded 1928-40. Transfers by Roger Beardsley. Very long out-of-print, Final Copy! - 727031018322


“Aubrey Brain’s professional career began at the age of eighteen when he was appointed by Sir Landon Ronald principal horn of the New Symphony Orchestra, in 1911. For over thirty years, he contributed his distinctive brand of horn-playing to numerous orchestral recordings and a handful of solo and chamber recordings that remain as benchmarks of achievement for future horn-players to aspire to and to emulate. One of the orchestral recordings has Aubrey Brain’s name mentioned on the label: Mendelssohn’s Nocturne from A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Dr Adrian Boult - a clear indication of his reputation as a virtuoso and popularity as a musician with the public. That this reputation was gained as much from performance as in recordings cannot be doubted for he was much in demand for concert engagements with the various London orchestras. It is regrettable that he did not record more of the solo repertoire but we must be grateful for those that he did - notably two complete recordings of the Brahms Horn Trio and a third (incomplete) recently issued by Appian Publications & Recordings Ltd in 2007. Apart from a handful of chamber music recordings, and an abridged recording of Mozart’s Second Concerto, there is also Mozart’s Third Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Dr Adrian Boult. This was still available in ’78 form as late as 1955.”

- John Ericson, Horn Matters, 28 June, 2011