When the horns fall in love with a tenor

When the horns fall in love with a tenor

Daily Comfort Zone

norman lebrecht

December 06, 2021

From Munich Opera horns:

A few weeks ago Klaus Florian Vogt sang „Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg“ at the MET in New York City.
Before Vogt‘s singing career took off, he was actually a professional french hornist!
Vogt and the colleagues at the MET recorded a small serenade (can be viewed there: @metorchestra )
Tonight Vogt takes the stage at at the Bayerische Staatsoper in „Die Tote Stadt“ and our principal hornist Pascal Deuber couldn’t pass up the opportunity to enjoy Vogt‘s contribution – he quickly arranged the final aria of the opera for the horn group and two harps!

Hope you enjoy and greetings to the MET!


  • Anthony Sayer says:

    Klaus is, indeed, a fine horn player. I was fortunate enough to have him as 1. Horn on many occasions and his playing raised the quality of the entire wind and brass sections.

  • John Kelly says:

    Quite gorgeous. I heard Vogt in Meistersinger and he was tremendous. The arrangement is great. Can’t beat those Alexander horns!!

  • David G says:

    I know that a lot of people loathe Vogt’s voice, but I like it very much. In Wagner’s time there were no “Wagner Singers,” the kind of voices we associate with screaming and bellowing through the orchestra. Wagner loved Bellini, and wanted his roles sung lyrically, hence the covered Bayreuth pit. But, whatever. So-called aficionados will still call Vogt a comprimario or light Mozart singer. I know that I’d rather hear Vogt than a “heldentenor” whose only attribute is decibels.

  • Denise Brain says:

    Horn players are the greatest! ♥

  • Rolf Kristian Stang says:

    Great idea(!), but without a conductor, it’s a no-forward-thrust- Schlepperei and the gorgeous tenor line and its fine singer are avalanched, 6 to 1.
    Can you try again? Go for crispness and eloquence!

  • Rolf Kristian Stang says:

    Great idea(!), without a conductor, this is an unintentional Schlepperei, due to no forward thrust, and the vocal line and the fine tenor singing it have been avalanched.
    Can you do it over? Think of going for crispness

  • Bone says:

    So good!

  • Gustavo says:

    Note the small black dress in the background!

  • Larry says:

    If only The Met would produce “Die Tote Stadt” which they haven’t done since 1922!

  • Gustavo says:

    By the way, this opera is by Oscar-winning film music composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold.

    • john Kelly says:

      By the way, this opera is by an Austrian teenage genius who was lucky enough to be in Hollywood when the Nazis took over his home country, so he wrote a violin concerto, a Symphony and many other things, not all film scores, though those are wonderful. Korngold sounds like Hollywood -no Hollywood sounds like Korngold!

  • IP says:

    I thought flautino. . . piccolo flute. Horn comes as a surprise.

  • Humfrey Pelham says:

    Reminds me of Rowland Jones (1912-1978), who was simultaneously a professional tenor and professional euphonium player. Inspiring to see people master two different disciplines, when so many of us struggle to master even one.

    • John Borstlap says:

      Einstein was both a brilliant physicist and a relatively good violinist. And I am myself writing books & trying to control my PA. It’s a matter of practicing.