Well played and enjoyable
Rather to my surprise, I like this disc. I was dubious about the overall idea and was put off by both the trendy title and the "we're-just-four-crazy-guys" cover, but I heard a little on Radio 3 and was sufficiently intrigued to try it. I'm glad I did.
German Hornsound is a quartet of orchestral horn players; here they have each chosen pieces they like (hence the disc's title) which features in an arrangement for four horns. The arrangements are generally very good - many are by the players themselves. It's a good variety of forms and periods and of the well-known and more obscure. They play very well indeed, bringing genuine feeling and depth where appropriate – rather in the way that a top-class brass band do.
I have to say that an entire disc of arrangements for horn quartet does get a bit much and I have to listen to a few pieces at a time before wanting a bit of tonal variety, but it is far better and more enjoyable than I expected and I can recommend this disc.