Philip Myers

Philip Myers, Principal Horn, New York Philharmonic

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This disc from the British-based company Cala is one of a series called "New York Legends," twelve recital discs displaying the musicianship of individual artists who are members of the New York Philharmonic.

Philip Meyers had been principal horn of the Philharmonic for sixteen years when this disc was recorded at Concordia College in 1996. As is the practice in the New York Legends series he was given total freedom of choice in picking the repertory to records, only asked to pick works they hold dear and think deserve a hearing.

Meyers chose a program of solid 20th century works of diverse styles. He gives his section colleagues from the Philharmonic a chance to participate by choosing Chávez's Sonata for four horns and Gunther Schuller's Horn Duets. His pianist on most of the compositions is Virginia Perry Lamb, and Maria Kitsopoulos is the cellist in Three Songs for Marlboro for horn and cello by David Amram.

Myers plays with a rich and secure tone and fine musicianship. The sound is excellent. This is one of the most engaging horn recitals on record.

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