Call review from October 2005 by John Dressler
Dauprat Duos for Natural Horns,opus 13 vol. 1.
Richard Burdick and Beverly Wilcox, hornists.
Timing: 49:59. Recorded summers of 2003 and 2004.
Louis Dauprat: Duo
No. 1, C Major; Duo No. 2, C Minor; Duo No. 4, A Minor.
If you've encountered any of the solo works or the
complete method book of Dauprat, you will understand the
impression he made upon the early-to-mid-l9th century "French"
hornist. It is one thing to play his pieces on the modern
valved horn, but to perform them on the natural horn is another
situation altogether. Here three of his duos are performed
on valveless instruments. Burdick's is an AustroBohemian
horn made in the 1840s by an unknown maker; Wilcox plays a Finke
copy of an 1830s Belgian horn. Both instruments were modified
by Lowell Greer and the duo performs at A=430, in mean-tone
Educationally speaking, this disc reveals what the French
players were probably dealing with shortly after Beethoven's
death. The two artists here have a terrific feeling of unity
of intonation, articulation, phrasing, and color, especially
on the closed notes. While the spectrum of dynamics is not particularly
wide, the rapid changes between open and closed horn and the
many sets of trills is indicative of their command of these instruments.
Their understanding of the original-instrument phenomenon
is immediately realized by the listener. They've provided
us with an intimate and fresh presentation of these works.
Mr. Burdick is currently principal horn of the Regina (Saskatchewan)
Symphony; Ms. Wilcox is a former member of the Syracuse (New
York) Symphony and is currently a graduate student at the University
of California, Davis. J. D.