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The english horn sings Christmas / Classical101-WOSU

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If the English horn were a singer, it would be one of the great contraltos – Kathleen Ferrier, perhaps, or Marian Anderson. When an English horn sounds at an orchestra concert, it's usually because a composer has given the instrument an extended solo, a moment for the instrument to show off its rich and lustrous tone while the audience holds its breath. The English horn – or cor anglais – was born to give beautiful melodies the Midas touch, and that's exactly what it does again and again on Cor Christmas, a new recording of Christmas carols and songs co-produced by and featuring Cally Banham, St. Louis Symphony solo English hornist.

Classical101-WOSU: Columbus OH recently had the chance to chat with Banham about Cor Christmas.