Album Review: Pip Eastop – Mozart Horn Concertos

(Hyperion)
January 20, 2015 Updated: January 20, 2015

A marvellous venture of technical virtuosity from Pip Eastop, the newest shining star in brass, and a brave choice considering the wide array of recordings on offer. An elegant performance through use of the natural horn enhances each of the pieces astonishingly. Fascinatingly, Eastop’s experience in jazz adds a new dimension, accenting the microtones, muting and ‘lipping’ used with this instrument and creating a very modern sounding performance. Beautiful, lush and mellow backing from the renowned Hanover Band works seamlessly to make this recording a triumph. In the long term we may even see this as the recording that toppled Dennis Brain’s.

5 stars out of 5