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Barry Kilpatrick
American Record Guide, September 2014

…Han plays commandingly but saves the biggest sounds for the occasional high and low note—and those sound great. …pianist Peter Schmalfuss plays with authority and collaborates superbly. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Henry Fogel
Fanfare, September 2014

This is superb horn playing.

It is an interesting collection of horn repertoire, and the recorded sound is very natural and well balanced, and listeners with a specific interest in the French horn may find this worth exploring, particularly because Han is clearly a technical master of the instrument. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



Gwyn Parry-Jones
MusicWeb International, May 2014

…it is an undeniably fascinating programme…

Han’s tone is creamily smooth, with just that hint of vibrato that warms the sound so attractively. He has a wonderful command of the upper reaches, and his top notes ring out heroically, as one would expect from a first horn of his calibre. He doesn’t eschew a firm, brassy sound in the lower reaches either, which is glorious to hear. You never feel for a moment that he is likely to fluff or ‘crack’ a note…and the whole disc is breath-taking in its combination of artistry and bravura.

The recording, as for the whole of the CD, is first-class. As a feast of truly stunning instrumental virtuosity, this is a great issue; and for horn players—compulsory. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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