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La Trompette Retrouvée - Fauré, Rameau, Hahn, Et Al


Release Date: 02/01/2007 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 294   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jean-Philippe RameauReynaldo HahnEmmanuel ChabrierCamille Saint-Saëns,   ... 
Performer:  Daniel-Ben PienaarJonathan Freeman-Attwood
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.
All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.


We don't review a lot of trumpet/piano recordings here at Classicstoday.com. It's not just an issue of relative appeal to listeners and collectors; it has as much to do with the suitability for solo chamber music of an instrument with such an inherently "assertive" timbre and relatively limited expressive range due to its typically acuate manner of articulation. In other words, the very things that make a trumpet a trumpet do not necessarily wear well on the ear during an hour-long solo recital, so the prospect of detailed
Read more listening doesn't necessarily come readily. The dearth of original solo-trumpet classical repertoire is simply a reflection of the instrument's more varied and agreeable functions as an ensemble voice, uniquely punctuating, coloring, and occasionally shining in solo glory.

That said, this is one of those recordings that makes you pay attention even if you're not exactly a trumpet fan; right from the beginning the piano sounds so astonishingly realistic and present (not atypical for a Linn project), and the trumpet follows so crisp and snappy that you have to stay around to hear what happens next. The straightforward, declamatory style of Rameau's Suite from Nais (arranged by pianist Daniel-Ben Pienaar) is perfectly suited to Jonathan Freeman-Attwood's sound and technique--invariably bright and sharply articulated--and, with its variety of movements, the work proves a perfect recital opener. The following A Chloris by Reynaldo Hahn--a Baroque-style Largo--is a lovely, gently flowing change-of-pace that shows Freeman-Attwood's warmer, lyrical side.

Although the trumpeter's arrangement of Fauré's Second Violin Sonata Op. 108 is supposed to be the highlight of the program (and Freeman-Attwood provides interesting details regarding the arrangement and relative interpretive decisions), this meandering, busy, often craggy and difficult piece seems more involving and exciting for the performer than engaging for the listener. However, you have to admit that Freeman-Attwood and Pienaar niftily nail down every edge and corner and rip through every challenging passage without fear or fault. It is a very impressive performance, but this is where the ear is really challenged.

For me, the highlight is Pienaar's arrangement of a suite drawn from piano music by Emmanuel Chabrier. The fluid, sometimes jazzy melodies, the easy chromaticism, playful punctuations, and perfectly integrated piano, which in this context is absolutely equal to the trumpet, capture the best elements of this tricky, nearly incompatible combination of instruments. There's much to enjoy here, especially for serious trumpet music collectors--but even if you're not, be assured that this decidedly unconventional and intelligently produced recital represents modern trumpet-playing--and programming--at its best.

--David Vernier
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Works on This Recording

1. Naïs: Suite by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Performer:  Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano), Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1749; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2006 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Bristol, England 
Length: 16 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Daniel-Ben Pienaar. 
2. A Chloris by Reynaldo Hahn
Performer:  Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano), Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2006 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Bristol, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
3. Pièces posthumes (5) for Piano: no 1, Aubade by Emmanuel Chabrier
Performer:  Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano), Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2006 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Bristol, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Daniel-Ben Pienaar. 
4. Pièces pittoresques (10) for Piano: no 7, Danse villageoise by Emmanuel Chabrier
Performer:  Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet), Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1881; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2006 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Bristol, England 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Daniel-Ben Pienaar. 
5. Pièces posthumes (5) for Piano: no 4, Feuillet d'album by Emmanuel Chabrier
Performer:  Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1889; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2006 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Bristol, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
6. Pièces pittoresques (10) for Piano: no 10, Scherzo-valse by Emmanuel Chabrier
Performer:  Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano), Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1881; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2006 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Bristol, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Daniel-Ben Pienaar. 
7. Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in F major, Op. 123: 3rd movement, Romanza-Poco adagio by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano), Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1905; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2006 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Bristol, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Jonathan Freeman-Attwood. 
8. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 in E minor, Op. 108 by Gabriel Fauré
Performer:  Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano), Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1916-1917; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2006 
Venue:  St. George's Church, Bristol, England 
Length: 21 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Jonathan Freeman-Attwood. 

Sound Samples

Nais Suite (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): I. Overture: La Discorde et La Guerre
Nais Suite (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): II. Entree majestueuse des dieux
Nais Suite (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): III. Gavotte vive
Nais Suite (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): IV. Sarabande
Nais Suite (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): V. Rigaudons
Nais Suite (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): VI. Musette
Nais Suite (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): VII. Tambourins
Nais Suite (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): VIII. Contredanse generale
A Chloris
5 Morceaux (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): 5 Morceaux: No. 1. Aubade (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano)
10 Pieces pittoresques (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): 10 Pieces pittoresques: No. 7. Danse villageoise (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano)
5 Morceaux (arr. D.B. Pienaar for piano): 5 Morceaux: No. 4. Feuillet D'Album (arr. D.B. Pienaar for piano)
10 Pieces pittoresques (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): 10 Pieces pittoresques: No. 10. Scherzo-valse (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano)
Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 123 (arr. J. Freeman-Attwood for trumpet and piano): Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 123: III. Romanza: Poco adagio (arr. J. Freeman-Attwood for trumpet and piano)
Violin Sonata No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 108 (arr. J. Freeman-Attwood for trumpet and piano): I. Allegro non troppo
Violin Sonata No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 108 (arr. J. Freeman-Attwood for trumpet and piano): II. Andante
Violin Sonata No. 2 in E Minor, Op. 108 (arr. J. Freeman-Attwood for trumpet and piano): III. Allegro non troppo

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