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Corno Apacible

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Madacy's Corno Apacible is a set of classical pieces primarily featuring the French horn, with accompaniment from piano and harp. Pieces by composers such as Ravel, Mozart, and Strauss round out the compilation, which might normally make for a solid effort. Unfortunately, all eight tracks are soaked in additional nature noises like rolling thunder and smattering raindrops. While the set is ostensibly for relaxation, too often shoddy production doesn't effectively integrate the musical performances with the environmental accompaniment. As a result, selections like Strauss' Concerto for French Horn, Andante sound like the players are performing under a viaduct, surrounded on all sides by a thundering rainstorm and chattering downspouts. It's off-putting, obtrusive, and ultimately a disservice to the music itself, whether it's for relaxation or not.

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