Dennis Brain


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Brain, Dennis,

1921–57, British horn player. Brain studied with his father, Aubrey, at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He played principal horn with first the Royal Philharmonic and then the Philharmonia orchestras. He was killed in an automobile accident. Brain's extraordinary artistry has been preserved on many orchestral and solo recordings. Works were written for him by Hindemith, Britten, and other composers.
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Leaving school aged 18, he studied music at Newcastle University, where he was awarded a DMus and a MLitt degree, based on his thesis on the life and career of the great Dennis Brain.
Lynch Dennis Brain Collection consists of commercial and unpublished orchestral and solo recordings, featuring Brain, on audiocassette, compact disc, 33%-rpm long-play and 78-rpm records, VHS video cassette, and DVD.
Of the several available recordings of this work, the remastered recording by Dennis Brain and Denis Matthews on either Testament (1022) or Pearl (26) reigns supreme.
Written in 1943, this piece commemorates Britten's friendship with Dennis Brain, Edward Sackville-West (to whom it was dedicated), and Britten's partner, Peter Pears.
Also on Naxos is one of the most famous recordings of all times - the Mozart Horn Concertos played by Dennis Brain, with the Philharmonia under von Karajan.
Marshall's Dennis Brain on Record: A Comprehensive Discography of His Solo, Chamber and Orchestral Recordings is yet another approach to discography.
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But it must be remembered that a Mozart Horn Concerto played there by Dennis Brain on the garden hose-pipe, received its first airing by bass trombonist Tommy Wrigley at Hope Street.
Written with the brilliant Peter Pears and Dennis Brain in mind, the Serenade is so Pears that any tenor undertaking it faces the double challenge of an idiosyncratic work and his irradicable memory.
This is a report of recently discovered, unpublished, and otherwise obscure holdings pertaining to the legendary horn player Dennis Brain.