English Horn Expressions

English Horn Expressions

NV6500 (Navona Records, CD)

FIRST RELEASE (3 February 2023)

Playing time: 63'
Tracks: 16
© 2023 Navona Records
Main country of recording: United States of America
Reviewer: Geoff Pearce
Review of English Horn Expressions published on 10 February 2023

Elizabeth Starr Masoudnia, cor anglais

Kevin Arthur Jnr:

The River

Lera Auerbach:

The Prayer

Robert Maggio:

Dance on the Volcano

Steve Heitzeg:

Flowering Prairie (Crocus)

Jenni Brandon:

In the City at Night

Behzad Ranjbaran:

Grave Lamentoso

Gilles Silvestrini:

Sentier dans les bois

Le Ballet Espagnol

Adolphus Hailstork:


Alyssa Morris:

Jimson Weed (Collision Etudes)

Ayser Vançin:

Chants de la terre


Michael Berkeley:


Michael Isaacson:

A Quiet Prayer

Vincent Persichetti:

Parable for Solo English Horn

Clare Grundman:

Evening Song

Deeply expressive and melodic, the cor anglais boasts a unique texture in the woodwind family. On Elizabeth Masoudnia's English Horn Expressions, the instrument has found itself in the spotlight, guided by Masoudnia's soothing tone, and lending a distinguished voice to the works of several composers. The vast lyrical range of the cor anglais shines throughout this album, emphasized by Masoudnia's adept artist skill set. Containing works inspired by paintings and poetry, works written explicitly for Masoudnia, and more, the Philadelphia native's Navona Records debut carries a healthy balance of sentimentality and musical prowess.