This is an arrangement of Strauss’ first Horn Concerto, written during his late teens. And what a masterpiece it is, being three movements played continuously. There is something of the young Mendelssohn here, not only in its musical influence, but also in the youthful brilliance and vitality.
We are presenting two versions: the first being faithful to the original keys, and the other subtly modulating into more viola-friendly keys for the slow movement and the start of the finale.
Indeed, both versions are perfectly playable, but it should be noted that the original slow movement is in A-flat minor (7 flats) which can look rather intimidating. So you have a choice. 16 mins. M/A