Over the years Ifor James (1931-2004) has played with numerous orchestras and many famous composers have written and dedicated works to him. He was also one of the world’s most successful teachers, having put over 100 people into the profession. On this CD he plays horn sonatas together with Jennifer Partridge. Beethoven’s horn sonata especially stands out from the programme, since it’s the only sonata that Beethoven wrote for a wind instrument.
"…Man spürt in jedem Takt dieser spannenden konzertanten Live-Aufführung, bei der man die angestaubten Dialoge weggelassen hat, die hohe Motivation und den Herzenseinsatz aller Beteiligten, sodass Bernius hier weit über seine archäologische Pflicht hinaus eine „Weltersteinspielung“ von bestechendem interpretatorischen Niveau, also eine echte Modellaufführung, abgeliefert hat." ~audio
Recorded Live at Wolf Trap National Park For The Performing Arts, July 25, 2004. The Doobie Brothers Live at Wolf Trap may not be the entire Doobie Brothers story, but it's a really fun and musically brilliant tour through some of the band's best material. One of the great ironies of The Doobie Brothers' history is how the early days were kind of shunted off to the sidelines once Michael McDonald came on board, and so it's nice to revisit some of those storied early hits, especially since there's such camaraderie between Johnston and Simmons especially. This live concert is further aided by some great supporting musicians, and a superior video and audio presentation.