|Practice this as loud as you can so you know where the end of your good sound is||00h:01m:29s|
|This and Mahler 5 are the excerpts where you get closest to your extreme playing||00h:01m:52s|
|Pickups to downbeat are part of the rhythmic thrust of the theme||00h:03m:00s|
|In Shostakovich, anger and irony inform the articulation||00h:03m:48s|
|Rougher articulation than in Mahler or Strauss||00h:03m:55s|
|Intensity of rhythmic drive||00h:04m:51s|
|Set up the rhythm in advance of playing the excerpt||00h:05m:10s|
|Controlling pitch and sound. Open throat and lower support||00h:06m:51s|
Jennifer Montone, Principal Horn of The Philadelphia Orchestra, demonstrates and discusses the first movement of Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1.
Dmitri Dmitriyevitch Shostakovich
CELLO CONCERTO NO. 1 IN E-FLAT MAJOR, OP. 107 (1959)
Recorded Date: 04-09-2013
Jennifer Montone joined The Philadelphia Orchestra as principal horn in 2006. She is on the faculty at the Curtis Institute of Music, the Juilliard School, and Temple University. Previously the principal horn of the Saint Louis Symphony and associate principal horn of the Dallas Symphony, Ms. Montone was an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University and performer/faculty at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Prior to her tenure in Dallas she was third horn of the New Jersey Symphony and performed regularly with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the New York Philharmonic.
Ms. Montone has performed as a soloist with The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Dallas Symphony, the National Symphony, the Polish National Radio Symphony, the Warsaw National Philharmonic, and the Curtis Orchestra, among others. Her recording of the Penderecki Horn Concerto (“Winterreise”) with the Warsaw National Philharmonic won a 2013 Grammy Award in the category of “Best Classical Compendium.” Other recordings include Still Falls the Rain—works of Benjamin Britten—and a soon to be released solo CD. She regularly appears as a featured artist at International Horn Society workshops and International Women’s Brass conferences.
As a chamber musician Ms. Montone has performed with the Bay Chamber Concerts, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the La Jolla Chamber Music Festival, the Santa Fe Chamber Music festival, the Bellingham Music Festival, the Spoleto (Italy) Chamber Music Festival, and the Marlboro Music Festival.
In May 2006 Ms. Montone was awarded the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. She is also the winner of the 1996 Paxman Young Horn Player of the Year Award in London and the 1998 Philadelphia Concerto Soloists Competition. She was a fellow in the Tanglewood Music Festival Orchestra in 1996 and 1997. She is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where she studied with Julie Landsman, principal horn of the Metropolitan Opera. A native of northern Virginia, Ms. Montone studied with Edwin Thayer, principal horn of the National Symphony, as a fellow in the Symphony’s Youth Fellowship Program.