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Friday Review: Blow Your OWN Horn! by Fergus McWilliam(7)

February 7, 2014

For this week’s review we’ll take a closer look at Blow Your OWN Horn!, by Fergus McWilliam. Mr. McWilliam is probably best known for his work with the Berlin Philharmonic, where he has been a member of their famed horn section since 1985. In addition, he is an internationally recognized clinician and teacher. Subtitled as “horn heresies”… Read More ›

Koetsier Recording Reviewed in Fanfare Magazine

Lynn René Bayley has written a very nice review of my Koetsier recording in Fanfare Magazine. See below for the review. If it piques your interest, consider picking up a copy from CD Baby, available in digital download or physical formats. Thanks to Robert LaPorta of MSR Classics for passing the review along to me! FANFARE… Read More ›


Sunday Review: New York Brass Arts Trio, Feats of Brass

This week’s review will take a closer look at Feats of Brass, a fantastic new recording on Arabesque Records by the New York Brass Arts Trio. The ensemble is composed of three world class musicians, David Jolley (horn), Joseph Burgstaller (trumpet), and Haim Avitsur (trombone). The performers themselves don’t really need any introduction, so this review… Read More ›

Friday Review: Operatic Horn-Arrangements for Horn Ensemble

Kicking off the Friday review series for 2014 is Operatic Horn, a wonderful resource for horn ensemble arrangements (logo at left linked from the Operatic Horn website). The arrangements are by Davide Fanchin, hornist in the Orquesta Sinfonica de Yucatàn. In a relatively short amount of time, Davide has put together an impressive collection of arrangements… Read More ›

Koetsier CD: Reviews and Press Quotes

I’ve been fortunate to receive some very nice reviews and press quotes about my new solo recording, Jan Koetsier: Music for Horn. There are so many new and excellent recordings out there that it is easy to get lost amongst them, and I am grateful to my colleagues for taking the time and effort to… Read More ›


Review : 12 Jazzy Etudes, 10 Jazzy Etudes, and 15 Low Horn Etudes, by Ricardo Matosinhos

This summer it was my pleasure to carry on some correspondence with Portuguese horn player and teacher Dr. Ricardo Matosinhos. During the course of our discussions, Ricardo was gracious enough to write a review of my new CD, as well as send me copies of his publications 12 Jazzy Etudes for Horn, 10 Jazzy Etudes… Read More ›

Kickstarter Horn Solos Project

Several months ago I contributed to a fundraising project on Kickstarter created by Jay Anderson, a software engineer and horn player. Anderson’s goal was to create clean, accurate type settings of several dozen public domain works for horn. For more information about his project, follow this link. In short, the project was fully funded, and… Read More ›

Recording Review: Jeffrey Lang, One World Horn

I downloaded this new recording a few months back, but have only just now gotten around to writing a review. One World Horn: A Solo Horn Journey, features Jeffrey Lang, Associate Principal Horn of the Philadelphia Orchestra, performing a variety of unaccompanied works from around the world (cover image linked from There are some… Read More ›


Comparing Digital Audio Recorders: Zoom H4n and Edirol R-09HR

Someone recently posted a question to the Horn People group on Facebook asking about various brands of digital recorders. Although I haven’t used all of the brands and varieties mentioned in the Facebook discussion, I have had a good bit of experience with the Edirol R-09HR  and the Zoom H4n. I bought the Edirol a… Read More ›

Review: The Horn of Eric Ruske

Here’s a brief review of The Horn of Eric Ruske, a newly-released compendium by international horn soloist Eric Ruske (cover image linked from . If you read The Horn Call, you’ve probably seen this seven-disc set advertised in its pages. It’s a great set of recordings, and I highly recommend it to anyone who… Read More ›


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