A truly unique recording by one of America's finest horn players. Albany is proud to present another, truly unique recording by horn player Eric Ruske. His previous albums for horn with piano or orchestral accompaniment (TROY456, 615, 782) have been among best sellers among horn aficionados and players alike. This release presents Ruske strictly solo, with a wonderful blend of familiar and unusual works, particularly the colorful Persichetti and Ketting compositions. At the age of 20, Ruske was named Associate Principal Horn of the Cleveland Orchestra. He also toured and recorded extensively during his six-year tenure as hornist of the Empire Brass Quintet. His impressive solo career began when he won the 1986 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, First Prize in the 1987 American Horn Competition, and in 1988, the highest prize in the Concours International d'Interpretation Musicale in Reims, France. An active chamber musician, he has appeared with the Lincoln Center Chamber Music Society, the Moab Music Festival, the Newport Music Festival and the Spoleto Festival, just to name a few. An Associate Professor and member of the faculty of Boston University since 1990, Mr. Ruske also directs the Horn Seminar at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute.
Contents: Bernhard Krol, composer Laudatio Eric Ruske, French horn
Johann Sebastian Bach, composer Partita in A Minor, BWV1013 Eric Ruske, French horn
Vincent Persichetti, composer Parable for Solo Horn, Op. 120 Eric Ruske, French horn
C.P.E. Bach, composer Sonata in A Minor, H. 562 Eric Ruske, French horn
Theodore Antoniou, composer Lament Eric Ruske, French horn
Avram David, composer Sonata for Horn Solo, Op. 101 Eric Ruske, French horn
Otto Ketting, composer Intrada Eric Ruske, French horn Review: "Eric Ruske makes the solo CD work beautifully - this is a remarkable performance, principally for its musicianship. There is so much to be learned and enjoyed here: add to your collection." (Horn Call)