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Torelli: Trumpet Concertos / Hammes, Matt, European Chamber Soloists


Release Date: 04/26/2005 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 92401   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giuseppe Torelli
Performer:  Thomas HammesPeter Leiner
Conductor:  Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Chamber Soloists
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 39 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Only a tiny handful of the nearly two dozen works here actually bear the title "concerto". The others are sinfonias and sonatas, but all feature solo trumpet and strings (two trumpets in three of the works) and contain three to five movements. Most of the sonatas adopt the slow-fast-slow-fast pattern of the so-called "church sonata", and in fact virtually all of this music was composed for the liturgy/entertainment that was the 17th-century Italian service. With scarcely a movement lasting as long as two minutes, it would be idle to pretend that these are expressively profound pieces, but they are uniformly lively and tuneful, full of that special Italian sunshine familiar to
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Thomas Hammes, who currently plays principal trumpet in the SWR Radio Symphony Orchestra, gives each piece the polish and brilliance it needs to make the best possible impression. His rhythms are clean, his intonation impeccable, and he never sounds as though he's forcing his tone, even in the highest registers. In truth, the trumpet parts aren't all that extensive in many of these works, which makes it even more important that Hammes receives excellent support from the strings of the European Chamber Soloists under Nicol Matt. The use of warm-toned modern instruments played in period style is most welcome in this context, avoiding the potential for turning the whole production into a screech-fest (the colorful continuo--harpsichord with multiple stops--also helps). In short, this music falls gratefully on the ear and never becomes tiring.


You will know better than I if you need two full discs of this repertoire. It's perfect light entertainment, and radio stations should snap it up at once, as these pieces make ideal fillers. I don't mean this in any pejorative sense at all. There's no point in damning this set with faint praise: it has been put together with evident care and first-class musicianship, beautifully recorded at the SWR studios. At the Brilliant Classics price, I heartily recommend it. [4/7/2005]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sinfonia con tromba in D major, G 10 by Giuseppe Torelli
Performer:  Thomas Hammes (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Chamber Soloists
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Venue:  Villa Berg Studio, Stuttgart, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Villa Berg Studio, Stuttgart, Germany (06/28/2004 - 07/01/2004) 
2.
Sonata à 5 con tromba in D major, G 13 by Giuseppe Torelli
Performer:  Thomas Hammes (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Chamber Soloists
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Venue:  Villa Berg Studio, Stuttgart, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Villa Berg Studio, Stuttgart, Germany (06/28/2004 - 07/01/2004) 
3.
Concerto for 2 Trumpets, G 18 by Giuseppe Torelli
Performer:  Peter Leiner (Trumpet), Thomas Hammes (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Chamber Soloists
Venue:  Villa Berg Studio, Stuttgart, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: Villa Berg Studio, Stuttgart, Germany (06/28/2004 - 07/01/2004) 
4.
Sinfonia con due trombe, G 20 by Giuseppe Torelli
Performer:  Peter Leiner (Trumpet), Thomas Hammes (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Chamber Soloists
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Venue:  Villa Berg Studio, Stuttgart, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Villa Berg Studio, Stuttgart, Germany (06/28/2004 - 07/01/2004) 
5.
Sinfonia con due trombe et altri strumenti, G 21 by Giuseppe Torelli
Performer:  Peter Leiner (Trumpet), Thomas Hammes (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Chamber Soloists
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Venue:  Villa Berg Studio, Stuttgart, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Villa Berg Studio, Stuttgart, Germany (06/28/2004 - 07/01/2004) 
6.
Sinfonia con due trombe ed instromenti, G 22 by Giuseppe Torelli
Performer:  Thomas Hammes (Trumpet), Peter Leiner (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Chamber Soloists
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Venue:  Villa Berg Studio, Stuttgart, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Villa Berg Studio, Stuttgart, Germany (06/28/2004 - 07/01/2004) 
7.
Concerto for 2 Trumpets in D major, G 24 by Giuseppe Torelli
Performer:  Thomas Hammes (Trumpet), Peter Leiner (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Nicol Matt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Chamber Soloists
Venue:  Villa Berg Studio, Stuttgart, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Villa Berg Studio, Stuttgart, Germany (06/28/2004 - 07/01/2004) 

Customer Reviews

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 Superb! October 12, 2013 By Cheryl Beamer (Reston, VA) See All My Reviews "This is a beautiful arrangement. It's a double disc and every bit of both is wonderful. One of the best purchases I've made in music CDs." Report Abuse
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