Original Mozart rarities also grace the album, incomplete movements of two early horn concertos, edited and completed by scholar musician Robert Levin. For all those carping about who is the best, when making such a claim, it's always important to define one's terms. This is the third etude book for horn written by me, which was fun to do, but also a personal challenge as during the whole process I have been fighting against my worst nightmare. 2020 Preview Editors’ Notes It’s a daring musician who pairs Mozart with Cuban popular dance music. That remark served as a challenge to the US-born Brit, who grew up in Tokyo, Boston, Moscow and London and had her first horn lessons at the age of 14. Absolutely marvelous french hornist in every respect. Brahms is of course a difficult piece to master. She also conducts some of the interviews that accompany many of the digital concerts. You've got to play as strong and loud as the guys. A horn player with the famous Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra since 2001, she launched what was soon to become a famous TV programme, ‘Sarah’s Music’, for Deutsche Welle in 2014, interviewing personalities ranging from Gustavo Dudamel to Wynton Marsalis. Steve Maniscola (ret. Horn player Sarah Willis talks about her new cross-cultural album that explores connections between Mozart and the music of Cuba, and her initiative to support Cuban musicians. 3. Piano, Horn and... Flute? 4,744 talking about this. One of my favorite horn sounds ever! So get out there and practise your low horn! To add to the fantastic advice, I was simply going to recommend a title, but instead decided for a full on post about the values of this book: Berlin Philharmonic Horn Player Sarah Willis Photo courtesy Peter Adamik. Sarah Willis's day job is as a member of the horn section of the Berlin Philharmonic. We just decided to record it for ourselves.”. to call Julie Landsman the "most celebrated female horn player in the world" is quite an exaggeration considering other musicians of her generation Norweigan Froydis Ree Wekere, German Marie Luise Neunecker, American Gail Williams, among others, who all have much more active careers as soloists, recording artists, and teachers. It's not as if she is a renowned soloist. Thanks Jasper for this introduction to a hornist who is too little known on the American side of the pond. There is an even earlier instance. I am so happy this has changed and to be part of the new Low Horn Movement... because playing low horn is so important: for a section and also for us as horn players- we all need a good low range to stabilise our playing! 5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Sarah Willis Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2015 Incredible playing as usual.Sarah's tone and control at all times proves the mark of the professorial Horn player.This cd is put together with all top notch players an is a must for anyone interested in Horn music and flawless performance . No mouthpieces, embouchures, high or low notes allowed - tonight´s live Horn Hangout is all about cooking! The answer from cult-of-sarah-willis was spot on. She was already used to boldly going where no woman had gone before, being the first person of either gender to get an orchestral job on the other side of the newly breached Berlin Wall in the pit of the Staatsoper (where of course she was also the only woman). Well, it was a surprise: the BBC forgot to do what the autor suggested. She has played in the Berlin Phil's wind ensembles before, and its horn ensembles - most notably on Opera!, a CD of operatic pieces recorded by the Berlin Philharmonic horn section in 2007 (pictured right). We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us. Sarah Willis. Sarah Willis's day job is as a member of the horn section of the Berlin Philharmonic. All rather terrifying and funnily enough, I felt more under pressure to play well so as to show my new orchestra they hadn't made a mistake by giving me tenure than I had during the trial! Sarah Willis That remark served as a challenge to Sarah Willis, a US-born Brit who grew up in Tokyo, Boston, Moscow and who had her first french horn lessons at the age of 14 at school in England. Eales, Lee, Findon. The air, facial muscles and jaw work very differently in the low compared to the upper register. Official Facebook page of Sarah Willis - French Horn with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and media presenter. But in addition to her Berliner duties, this year Willis has stepped out from under the orchestra’s giant shadow for the first time. Swing low: Sarah Willis and her Alexander horn Portrait by Gregor Hohenberg. These days she has gone so native that her mother tongue comes out with a slight German accent. Get a weekly digest of our critical highlights in your inbox each Thursday! Sarah Willis is a British French horn player. The answer from cult-of-sarah-willis was spot on. the Low Horn Hangout with Denise Tryon & David Griffin. Join Sarah Willis, first female member of the Berlin Philharmonic’s brass section and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s International Brass Chair, in a day of French Horn immersion. She is an outstanding interviewer. Sarah Willis, First Lady of the French Horn |, I was afraid I would start to doubt my interpretation if I listened to the many recordings, Classical CDs Weekly: Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Berlin Philharmonic Horn Quartet. I love being the bass of a chord and am always happy when I see Bruckner on the schedule. Why? FLAC (CD quality, 44.1 kHz, 16 bit) $12.00. My father said, ‘Absolutely not, they’re too expensive and I'd always have to carry it.’ The teacher at school said, ‘Well we have a horn, but that’s not for you because that’s something for the boys.’ So I said I wanted to play that.”. Get together with a quartet, play Waltzing Matilda and have some fun. Sarah Willis. Maybe because Sarah is closer to his side of the pond? If you have never joined in live, do - you'll love it! 3,795 talking about this. the stage of the big hall in the Philharmonie in Berlin. Welcome to my newly refurbished website! Actually, I'm pretty sure that Mr. Rees is very aware of Ms. Landsman, if you've read his book "A Devil to Play" he's pretty much a french horn "nut". She juggles her position with spells of teaching, interviewing soloists and conductors for the Berlin Philharmonic's Digital Concert Hall and hosting an online series of Horn Hangouts, interviews with musicians streamed live on her website and archived on YouTube.Willis's new album, Mozart y Mambo, is an exuberant blend of solo … For those of us who follow the horn world, Willis’s emergence as a soloist is a surprising development. It is the most substantial piece of chamber music written for the horn in the 19th century. So recalled Madame Campan, Marie Antoinette’s first lady of the bedchamber, in a memoir written long after the Revolution: “Madame Adélaïde, in particular, had a most insatiable desire to learn; she was taught to play upon all instruments, from the horn (will it be believed!) www.sarah-willis.com ”My dream came true in September 2001 when I joined the Berlin Philharmonic as a horn player – and as the orchestra’s first-ever female brass player!“ “The horn is for boys”, Sarah Willis' schoolteacher told her, and so he suggested that she learn the flute or the oboe. Sarah features in many of the concerts. Sarah Willis was born in Maryland, United States, and grew up in Tokyo, Boston, Moscow, and London. Add comment. The Horns of the Berlin Philharmonic perform Rossini's "La Danza", including a low horn solo from Sarah Willis, “There are so many wonderful pieces for the horn”, she says, “but somehow I ended up being an orchestral player specialising in the low range, so one gets out of the habit of playing solos. Mozart y Mambo, her new album for Alpha Classics, grew out of the friendships she made there, and the result? The sound needs to be round and warm, with or without brassiness. The combination of horn, violin and piano had never been used before so it was also an important step for our horn repertoire.”. She is a member of the Berlin Philharmonic, and is a presenter of TV and online programs about classical music. I hadn’t played much Wagner tuba before - one always hears what beasts they are to play...- but from the very first notes on the Berlin Phil Wagner tuba (it had been played in by the late, great Manfred Klier) I absolutely adored it. Jacqueline du Pré. In 2010 she released … Marie Antoinette had three unprepossessing sisters-in-law, all of them passionate about music. All rather terrifying and funnily enough, I felt … “I was afraid I would start to doubt my interpretation if I listened to the many wonderful recordings made by amazing horn players who are much more established soloists than myself. Classical music; Berlin Philharmonic; Buzz; Share this article. Hornisten der Berliner … Sarah Willis, star horn player and presenter of DW's "Sarah's Music," explains what makes Kirill the right choice, and why she's looking Forward to working with him. A unique and fun insight into the world of these famous musicians and teachers. She also regularly appears in the Digital Concert Hall as an interviewer of the Philharmoniker’s guest soloists and conductors. Performing Arts. Musician. ", Overleaf: The Berlin Philharmonic horn section in Mahler 7. We heard Sarah Willis and the Havana Horns -- this from Sarah's new album, called “Mozart y Mambo.” James: It's time to get back to the conversation I had yesterday with Sarah Willis, a member of the horn section of the Berlin Philharmonic for the past 19 years. Official Facebook page of Sarah Willis - French Horn with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and media presenter. Official Facebook page of Sarah Willis - French Horn with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and media presenter. Musician. In these numbers, Sarah plays with a terrific salsa band that call themselves Sarahbanda. Sarah Willis, the first female brass player of the Berlin Philharmonic, is a musician after my own heart—she loves to dance. Typically the corners of the lips are down as well (think of the funny pictures I have online of the low horn face, or sturgeon face). Antonín Rejcha (Reicha) Intrudoction and Rondeau for Horn in F major Sarah Willis Horn Prague Chamber Orchestra Milan Lajčík Conductor Read Graham Rickson’s rave review on theartsdesk here. The Melodica Men 01.10.2020. Ms. Willis’s affinity for Latin dance, especially mambo, led her to spend time in Cuba. Cellists. Our interview with Sarah in early September has proved to be one of the most popular pieces on theartsdesk. Thank goodness I had practised it louder and still had a bit of forte in reserve! By using the site you are accepting the use of cookies. The Brahms trio has a particular place in the composer’s emotional biography. It’s wittily arranged by Joshua Davis and Cuban saxophonist Yuniet Lombida Prieto. They both are incredible chamber musicians and also breathe with me - luxury for a horn player. This release includes a digital booklet Add download to basket. Female horn players fell out of sight until the 1940s, when Helen Kotas Hirsch was briefly principal at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Thanks so much for you talent and musicianship.BRAVO! It's not as if she is a renowned soloist. I'm with you, Sam, we've got some pretty phenomenal women players here in the states. ... My job in the Berlin Phil is low horn, not principal horn, so to be honest, if solos come up in the orchestra, they are usually cause for concern as we low horn players don't have solos so often! Sarah Willis's Horn Hangout; Where the Sun Never Shines November (1) September (1) August (10) April (1) March (2) February (1) January (5) 2012 (39) December (4) November (5) October (3) September (6) The little tidbits she came armed with brought out many responses from the maestro in a very enjoyable conversation. It's not only an incredible piece of music with a mixture of joy and deep sadness in it but it is also written perfectly for the horn: Brahms really knew how to show off the horn at its best. Sarah Willis (2), Kotowa Machida, Philip Mayers, Klaus Wallendorf Sarah Willis (2) , Kotowa Machida , Philip Mayers , Klaus Wallendorf - Horn Discoveries ‎ (CD, Album) Gebr. Official Facebook page of Sarah Willis - French Horn with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and media presenter. ... though I'm a low horn player, and maybe I shouldn 't be giving. And, she is clearly an outstanding hornist as well! Why? In the idealised sketch pictured above by Bigari, of a muse with hunting horn, I believe the subject is indeed holding the horn correctly-this may have been a time before hand in bell was common, and it is also not common to have the hand in the bell while riding to hounds... Ms Willis you make the horn sing.We here in Pensacola Florida love your playing.Recently heard the Farewell to Red Castle...........Superb! Sarah Willis, Kotowa Machida, Philip Mayers, Klaus Wallendorf. We’ve got some CDs to give away, a recording of French horn music by Sarah Willis, the First Lady of the French Horn, who is also second horn in the Berlin Philharmonic. I watch Sarah Willis and the BPO on the orchestra's Digital Concert Hall which, at about $20 a month, is a tremendous value for music lovers. When I got my job at Berlin it was a low horn job so I really did my best to beef up my lower range, but it wasn’t my intention to become a low horn player; I just wanted to be the best I could and get the best job I could. They can also play so powerfully that I never have to worry about drowning them out. Of the many recordings available, the ones that stand out are (of course) by Dennis Brain, also Wolfgang Tomboeck on the Vienna Philharmonic’s single F pumpenhorn and, on the valveless natural horn, the American soloist Lowell Greer. Complete your Sarah Willis collection. A scary concert. That said, I'm going to pick up Sarah's cd if I can find it in the States, as she is an amazing player, and probably one of the best low hornists I've ever heard (look for the Rossini with the Berlin section on YouTube. But she is the first and only woman to join the brass section of the world's most celebrated and widely followed orchestra. If this has left you hankering for more Cuban Mozart, it’s good news. 52K likes. Brass of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Sarah Willis, the first female brass player in the Berlin Philharmonic, an incredible low horn player, and the host of several music- and horn-related TV and internet shows, has done an incredible experiment on what goes on inside the mouth while playing horn by playing a specially-made horn inside an MRI machine!. Horn Discoveries | After the enormous success of Mozart y Mambo (ALPHA578) which went straight to Number 1 in Germany on release in 2020, Alpha has decided I often hear people attempting to play in the low register with a more strident tone, and typically these same people have more difficulty playing on the … Featuring new works by Richard Bissill, David Riniker, Klaus Wallendorf and Mason Bates for horn and Piano, horn duet and horn piano and violin trio, this is an excellent addition to any horn players collection. Sarah Willis also chose the third movement of Mozart’s Third Horn Concerto to re-accent into a mambo, because she says the music is inherently dancy. It will be no surprise if this Saturday the BBC cameras as usual pick her out from row upon row of Teutonic males in the second of the Berlin Philharmonic’s two Prom 2010 appearances. The CD also features Cordelia Höfer on piano and Kotowa Machida on violin. I hadn’t quite realized just how many Horn Hangouts and Sarah’s Music episodes there were to organize so it’s taken longer than I realized to get the new website up and running – but it’s been great fun to have the chance to revisit the wonderful times I’ve had. We all have solo CDs out, which is a great way to really hear the sound we get down there. One morning soon after she died her son was walking in the Black Forest “and as I came to this spot”, he wrote in a letter, “the sun shone out and the subject immediately suggested itself”. No woman has ever achieved a higher profile on the French horn than Sarah Willis. But Brahms really knew how to write for the horn and manages to show the horn at its best.” Willis first heard the piece at 15 at school in Esher in Surrey, where the visiting teacher was Tony Halstead, the celebrated British natural horn player, also a phenomenal player in the lower range. (who are all these Americans?). CPO 2012 catalogue & … Thank goodness I had practised it louder and still had a bit of forte in reserve! ELF. It’s a fresh new salsa for the sound of the … In 2010 she released her first solo recording, of the Brahms trio for horn, violin and piano. Classical Album of the Week: Salsa for the French Horn, Sarah Willis in Havana with Mozart y Mambo! In this case, Mr. Rees was quite careful to do so up-front: She has acheived the highest profile for a woman hornist as "she is the first and only woman to join the brass section of the world's most celebrated and widely followed orchestra." A Concert Spirituel in the same city in 1780 featured a Mademoiselle Beate Pokorny on horn. Aleksey Igudesman. This book is dedicated to Sarah Willis for all her work as a low horn player and for being such a big inspiration for all hornists. He does seem to be more excited about Sarah Willis, though, than American players like Julie Landsman or Jennifer Montone, Principal Horn in Philadelphia. Sarah Willis is a tireless ambassador for her instrument, the French horn, which she champions around the world. Why has it taken her so long to step into the limelight? In 2001, Sarah Willis joined the Berlin Philharmonic, becoming the first female member of the brass section. For 20 years Willis has been content to play second horn. 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