So, if it’s a brass instrument, why does it look silver? And highly polished at that. In every sense of the word. The French horn is visually glamorous, sublime to listen to, and, as one of the most difficult instruments to play, demanding of a performer with supremely polished skill.
Enter the young, sassy and brilliant Samuel Jacobs, arguably one of the best in his trade worldwide. Samuel is Principal horn of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, having returned from the same position in the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Diversely talented, Samuel has made numerous commercial recordings for the film, television, gaming and pop industries, including albums with Sting, and soundtracks for The Hobbit and the latest Bond film Spectre. Opus Orchestra is thrilled to have him performing the Richard Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1 with them. This masterpiece has it all - genius, heroism, reflection and flamboyance.
Tone (sound quality) of the French horn ranges from mellow and sonorous in the lower register, to velvety soft and brilliant in the high register. Which returns us to the question of instrument colour. Horns come in both brass and silver actually – sometimes the brass is plated with silver. But it isn’t really for looks - the silver tends to produce a brighter sound.
So, does Jacobs choose to play on a brass or silver horn? Come along and find out.