Classical MPR‘s Julie Amacher interviews the Pittsburgh Symphony’s principal horn, William (Bill) Caballero on New Classical Tracks!
On the latest recording, Manfred Honeck leads the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in two of Beethoven’s most popular symphonies, No. 5 and No. 7. Bill Caballero says what makes this recording remarkable is that it’s live. “So in one sense that’s a plus,” he says. “You’re getting a vibrant performance here. But what comes across in the recordings, which is really remarkable … yes, the energy of the orchestra. But you hear this precision, and you hear this shape that I sometimes don’t really experience in the back of the orchestra. I can’t tell what Manfred is hearing. I’m doing what he’s asking me to do in the sense of dynamics and articulation and shape. But when you listen to the recording, it is remarkable, the shape, the feel, the excitement. And the inner details, I think that’s the uniqueness of Manfred, just about with everything we play,” Bill continues. “There are traditional spots where things get covered up by brass or woodwinds and you don’t hear the detail. And Manfred makes those adjustments that you hear these inner moving lines that you just don’t hear all the time.”