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Trumpet Masque / Jonathan Freeman-attwood, Daniel Pienaar


Release Date: 04/01/2008 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 310   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Jan Pieterszoon SweelinckLouis MarchandFrançois CouperinGiovanni Gabrieli,   ... 
Performer:  Daniel-Ben PienaarJonathan Freeman-Attwood
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 13 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.

Thoroughly enjoyable.

This is the third of what Linn describe as a “series of works ‘re-imagined’ for solo trumpet – an imaginative and thrilling interpretation of Baroque works.” As SFV says, in his review of the second of them, La Trompette Retrouvée (CKD294), “Your feelings about the program may well depend simply on how you like this sort of transcription.” I must admit that I approached the idea of trumpet and piano in seventeenth-century music – the antithesis of modern period performance – with some trepidation. The cover shot features a pixellated photo of a trumpet – would the performances be
Read more similarly distorted by the use of the piano? In the event most of my fears were allayed by the sheer exuberance and quality of the playing.

The music on the second volume ranged over the centuries from Rameau (b.1683) to Reynaldo Hahn (d.1947). The works on this third disc are much less diverse, being confined to the seventeenth century.

Some may prefer the diversity of the earlier recording but I welcome the narrower confines here – though, as JF-A points out in the very detailed notes, there is much diversity within this period: Catholic and Protestant voices, regional dialects, etc. To this I add that there is a wide variety of moods here – it’s not all jolly japes. The final piece, Muffat’s Sonata no.5, by far the longest piece, encompasses almost the full gamut of those moods within the movements of the one piece. There is also a great deal of ‘borrowing’ of styles, too, between the Catholic Gabrielli and Monteverdi and the Protestant Schütz and Buxtehude.

The six different trumpets employed for this recording add to that variety, ensuring that each piece is played in an appropriate timbre.

Most of the music is transcribed from organ pieces and these, as expected, sound well in their new dress. Louis Marchand and François Couperin get the programme off to an excellent start, in breath-taking performances that typify the whole recording. The Iberian organs of the period were renowned for their cornetto stops, so the Cabanilles and Arauxo pieces work especially well. The Gabriellis were, of course, renowned for their wind canzone, which means that the canzon by Giovanni also works very well.

Surprisingly, the arrangement of vocal music also works well – I particularly enjoyed the realization of Monteverdi’s Laudate Dominum. I almost called this a transcription, but it is much more, hence my choice of the word ‘realisation’. Like everything here it’s played with a consummate skill that few vocal interpreters could match.

Sweelinck’s well-known variations on Onder een linde groen are themselves an arrangement of a folk song, so there can be no possible objection to the foot-tapping realisation of that piece here. On the other hand, you might be hard put to recognise Luther’s Ein feste Burg as underlying the Buxtehude piece.

I’ve already described the notes as very detailed – no need for me to chase up dates of the pieces included here, they’re all included. Those notes are very generously reproduced on Linn’s website, so you can check them out before buying.

The recording sounds excellent as a CD, but audiophiles will welcome the SACD layer. Real connoisseurs may even prefer the Studio Master versions (FLAC and WMA formats) available as downloads from Linn for £18. Otherwise, the price of the SACD comes midway between that top quality version and mp3 at £8.00, with CD quality downloads at £10.00. The Linn web page is very user-friendly – very similar to Gimell, who also offer a range from mp3 to Studio Quality. I can’t speak for the quality of any of these options, but I see no reason to look beyond the physical SACD.

As usual, a short review betokens high praise. I’ve already put aside my objections to the piano in seventeenth-century music in recommending Stephen Gutman’s Toccata CD of Rameau (TOCC0050 – see review); now I happily do so again. This recording, like Gutman’s, captures the spirit if not the letter of the period. I’ll get my licence as a member of the society of opponents of non-period performances revoked at this rate.

I cannot imagine any but the most die-hard members of that society objecting to this new recording. In fact I had to take a deep breath: I nearly went for broke and nominated it Recording of the Month – it’s the most cheerful sound I’ve heard for a long time.

-- Brian Wilson, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1.
Onder een linde groen "Unter der Linden grüne" by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck
Performer:  Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano), Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Netherlands (Holland 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
2.
Troisième livre d'orgue: Grand Dialogue in C major by Louis Marchand
Performer:  Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano), Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1696; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 5 Secs. 
3.
Mass for Organ no 2 "propre pour les convents": Chromorne sur la taille - Gloria by François Couperin
Performer:  Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet), Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
4.
Canzoni et sonate (21): Canzon II a 6 by Giovanni Gabrieli
Performer:  Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet), Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
5.
Tiento "de pange lingua quinto tono punto alto" by Joan Cabanilles
Performer:  Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet), Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 3 Minutes 54 Secs. 
6.
Selva morale e spirituale: Laudate Dominum by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet), Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1640; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
7.
Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott, BuxWV 184 by Dietrich Buxtehude
Performer:  Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet), Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
8.
Variations (2) on "Vater unser im Himmelreich" by Georg Böhm
Performer:  Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet), Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 35 Secs. 
9.
A Pilgrimes Solace: no 14, Thou mightie God by John Dowland
Performer:  Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet), Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
Period: Renaissance 
Written: 1612; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
10.
Pavans, Galliards, Almaines (65): Pavan by Anthony Holborne
Performer:  Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet), Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
11.
Pavans, Galliards, Almaines (65): Galliard by Anthony Holborne
Performer:  Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet), Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
Period: Renaissance 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
12.
Fantasia for 4 Viols in G minor, Z 735 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet), Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1680; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
13.
Socca pur by Giovanni Battista Draghi
Performer:  Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet), Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
14.
Fidicinium sacroprofanum: Sonata no 8 by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet), Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1683; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
15.
Armonico tributo: Sonata no 5 in G major - Allemanda by Georg Muffat
Performer:  Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet), Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1682; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
16.
Armonico tributo: Sonata no 5 in G major - Adagio by Georg Muffat
Performer:  Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano), Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1682; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 22 Secs. 
17.
Armonico tributo: Sonata no 5 in G major - Fugue by Georg Muffat
Performer:  Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet), Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1682; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
18.
Armonico tributo: Sonata no 5 in G major - Passacaglia by Georg Muffat
Performer:  Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano), Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1682; Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 46 Secs. 
19.
Libro de tientos...: no 34, Quinto Tiento de medio registro de baxones de primero tono by Francisco Correa de Arauxo
Performer:  Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano), Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
20.
Kleine geistliche Konzerte, Op. 8: Der Herr is gross, SWV 286 by Heinrich Schütz
Performer:  Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano), Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1636; Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Pieces d'orgue Book 3 (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): Pieces d'orgue Book 3: Grand Dialogue du 5e Ton (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano)
Chromhorne sur la Taille (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano)
Canzon seconda (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano)
Tiento XVII de Pange lingua, quinto tono punto alto (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano)
Libro de tientos y discursos de musica practica, y theorica de organo (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): Libro de tientos y discursos de musica practica, y theorica de organo: No. 36. Tiento de medio registro (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano)
Kleine geistliche Concerte, Op. 8, SWV 282-305 (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): Kleine geistliche Concerte, Op. 8, SWV 282-305: No. 5. Der Herr ist gross, SWV 286 (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano)
Selva morale e spirituale (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): Selva morale e spirituale: Laudate Dominum (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano)
Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BuxWV 184 (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano)
Vater unser im Himmelreich (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano)
A Pilgrimes Solace (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): A Pilgrimes Solace: When the poore Criple (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano)
Pavan (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano)
Galliard (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano)
Fantasia a 4 in G minor, Z. 735 (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano)
Onder een linde groen (Unter der Linden grune), SwWV 325 (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano)
Scoca pur tutti (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano)
Fidicinium sacro-profanum (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): Fidicinium sacro-profanum: Sonata No. 8 (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano)
Armonico tributo: Sonata No. 5 in G major (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): I. Allemanda
Armonico tributo: Sonata No. 5 in G major (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): II. Adagio
Armonico tributo: Sonata No. 5 in G major (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): III. Fuga
Armonico tributo: Sonata No. 5 in G major (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): IV. Adagio
Armonico tributo: Sonata No. 5 in G major (arr. D.B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): V. Passacaglia

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