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Famous Classical Trumpet Concertos - Albinoni, Haydn, Et Al


Release Date: 01/11/2000 
Label:  Philips Duo Catalog #: 464028   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Nepomuk HummelJohann Wilhelm HertelJohann Wenzel StamitzFranz Joseph Haydn,   ... 
Performer:  Håkan HardenbergerSimon Preston
Conductor:  Sir Neville MarrinerElgar Howarth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the FieldsLondon Philharmonic OrchestraI Musici
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 31 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

No sooner had I reviewed a collection of German trumpet concertos on Capriccio (see above) and welcomed an outstanding East German trumpeter than a disc arrived from another remarkable, Swedish, player to add to the pantheon of names to conjure with. On this new issue Philips have balanced Hakan Hardenberger forwardly, to bring his vibrant image right into the living room. He has the advantage too, of an interesting and generous programme, plus the opportunity of giving a first performance of a recently discovered trumpet concerto either by Stamitz or a musician called J. G. Holzbogen, but more likely the former. It has been reconstructed by Alan Boustead. Hardenberger opens with the famous Hummel Concerto, played in E major rather than the Read more usual E flat, which makes the work sound bolder and brighter than usual. In the first movement neither he nor Marriner misses the lilt inherent in the dotted rhythm, yet the approach is strong rather than seductive and the brassy brightness of the timbre helps that impression. This is not to imply a lack of refinement, for the slow movement cantilena is floated nicely over the jogging pizzicatos. The finale with its crisp articulation, fantastic tonguing and tight trills, displays a genial easy bravura, yet overflows with energy and high spirits.

The Hertel comes next, the first movement bringing a bright, highly placed trumpet line, the Largo a nice touch of melancholy, shared by Marriner and his players, while the staccato opportunities of the finale are relished with great spirit. The Stamitz (or Holzbogen) piece seems to have a very doubtful lineage. Whoever it was written for was a formidable virtuoso: the writing lies consistently in the trumpet's stratospheric tessitura and includes some awkward leaps. It is an inventive piece, though, and even the second movement Adagio moves along quite briskly; the finale, however, is the most catchy section and Hakan Hardenberger despatches it with panache, having taken all the earlier histrionics in his stride.

The Haydn is last but not least. Soloist and orchestra alike find an elegant style for the more lyrical side of the first movement and the Andante too is nicely relaxed, the noble melody obviously relished, then the finale swings off joyously to make a sparkling conclusion. The trumpeting on this disc is truly splendid and Hardenberger (or the record's producers) have ensured that the accompaniments are distinguished and full of characterful detail by asking Marriner and the ASMF to provide the backing. They are warmly and truthfully balanced in Philips's best manner and while the trumpet is well up front I think most trumpet fanciers will enjoy the realistic projection which is only slightly less immediate on LP than CD; indeed, the difference is not great enough to matter. One other small plus point: there are good pauses between each concerto. This is now, in my view, the finest single collection of trumpet concertos in the catalogue.

-- Ivan March, Gramophone, [12/1987] Review of Philips 420-203

Hakan Hardenberger's second major collection of trumpet concertos for Philips suffers from one drawback only: the two best concertos for the instrument, by Haydn and Hummel, are both on the first disc ((CD) 420 203-2PH, 12/87). However, all five works here are characteristic examples of the eighteenth-century galant style and Hardenberger plays each with his usual breathtaking ease of execution, and cultivated musicianship. In this latest recital he is elegantly and stylishly accompanied by the LPO under Elgar Howarth. The recording is rather better judged than the first disc in terms of resonance, yet has all the bloom and immediacy one could want.

The programme opens with a concerto by Franz Xaver Richter (1709–89) which is notable for its fiendishly high tessitura, ranging up to the written F above high C (sounding G). The soloist—as at his very first appearance—is required to make frequent entries 'out of the blue' on high notes, and the rather agreeable main theme of the opening movement encompasses an octave in its structure. Needless to say Hardenberger relishes the writing, and plays with an easy elegance, picking out the top notes like ripe berries from the top of a bush. The work has an agreeable Andante and a finale which echoes the octave idea of the first movement.

Leopold Mozart's Concerto (in two movements) is more conventional, although it has a robust, tuneful finale, recalling the Handel of the Water Music. Hertel's work has a gracious central Adagio, which involves a quiet, sustained crescendo entry on a long note, which Hardenberger places superbly—the phrase seems to appear out of the air as if by magic. The finale involves rather prettily pointed use of the upper range, calling for crisp, light articulation, and the response here is captivating.

Molter's piece is rather like a concerto grosso with trumpet lead, and again the cantilena of the Andante is demandingly high. Michael Haydn's concerto is even more daunting and is made to sound forward-looking by the use of flutes to add colour and grace to the string texture in the first movement. The finale is contrastingly jolly and full of sparkle. Like the Richter work the solo line floats and leaps around freely in the highest range, making no concessions. Hardenberger clearly enjoys himself (even putting in a bravura cadenza just before the coda), and so do we.

-- Ivan March, Gramophone, 3/1991 Reviewing Philips 426 311
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Trumpet in E flat major, S 49/WoO 1 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Performer:  Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1986 
Venue:  St. John's Church, London, England 
Length: 17 Minutes 57 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Trumpet no 3 in D major, Op. 7 no 6 by Johann Wilhelm Hertel
Performer:  Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1986 
Venue:  St. John's Church, London, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 57 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Trumpet no 1 in Eb major by Johann Wilhelm Hertel
Performer:  Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Elgar Howarth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1989 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 21 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Trumpet in D major by Johann Wenzel Stamitz
Performer:  Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 10/1986 
Venue:  St. John's Church, London, England 
Length: 15 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: This work was reconstructed by Alan Boustead.
Håkan Hardenberger performs his own cadenzas. 
5.
Concerto for Trumpet in E flat major, H 7e no 1 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1986 
Venue:  St. John's Church, London, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Håkan Hardenberger performs his own cadenza. 
6.
Concerto for Trumpet in D major by Franz Xaver Richter
Performer:  Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Elgar Howarth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1760s 
Date of Recording: 11/1989 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 14 Minutes 4 Secs. 
7.
Concerto for Alto Trombone in D major by Leopold Mozart
Performer:  Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Elgar Howarth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Date of Recording: 11/1989 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Notes: Håkan Hardenberger performs his own cadenza. 
8.
Concerto for Trumpet no 1 in D major, MWV 4 no 12 by Johann Melchior Molter
Performer:  Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Elgar Howarth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 11/1989 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 48 Secs. 
9.
Concerto for Trumpet in C major, MH 60 (P 34) by Michael Haydn
Performer:  Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Elgar Howarth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1763; Austria 
Date of Recording: 11/1989 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Håkan Hardenberger performs his own cadenza. 
10.
Sonata a quattro for Trumpet, 2 Violins and Basso Continuo in D major, WoO 4 by Arcangelo Corelli
Performer:  Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1993 
Venue:  Chaux de Fonds, Neuchâtel, Switzerland 
Length: 5 Minutes 37 Secs. 
11.
Concerti (12) à 5, Op. 7: no 3 for Oboe in B flat major by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer:  Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1715; Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 07/1993 
Venue:  Chaux de Fonds, Neuchâtel, Switzerland 
Length: 7 Minutes 26 Secs. 
12.
Adagio for Organ and Strings in G minor by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer:  Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet), Simon Preston (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Venue:  Abbey Church, Soro, Denmark 
Length: 8 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: This work was reconstructed by Remo Giazotto in 1945 from a fragment by Albinoni. 
13.
Trumpet Tune by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet), Simon Preston (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Venue:  Abbey Church, Soro, Denmark 
Length: 1 Minutes 7 Secs. 
14.
Erbarm' dich mein, o Herre Gott, BWV 721 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet), Simon Preston (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Venue:  Abbey Church, Soro, Denmark 
Length: 3 Minutes 27 Secs. 
15.
Ave Maria by Charles Gounod
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ), Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Venue:  Abbey Church, Soro, Denmark 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Notes: This work is based on J.S. Bach's Prelude no 1 in C from 'The Well-Tempered Clavier.' 
16.
Orgelbüchlein: Ich ruf'zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ), Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1713-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Venue:  Abbey Church, Soro, Denmark 
Length: 1 Minutes 54 Secs. 
17.
Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV 727 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Simon Preston (Organ), Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/1991 
Venue:  Abbey Church, Soro, Denmark 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Trumpet Concerto in E flat major: 1. Allegro con spirito
Trumpet Concerto in E flat major: 2. Andante
Trumpet Concerto in E flat major: 3. Rondo
Trumpet Concerto in D: 1. Allegro ma non troppo
Trumpet Concerto in D: 2. Largo
Trumpet Concerto in D: 3. Vivace
Trumpet Concerto in D - Reconstructed by Alan Boustead: 1. Allegro non troppo presto
Trumpet Concerto in D - Reconstructed by Alan Boustead: 2. Adagio
Trumpet Concerto in D - Reconstructed by Alan Boustead: 3. Allegro molto
Trumpet Concerto in E flat, H.VIIe No.1: 1. Allegro
Trumpet Concerto in E flat, H.VIIe No.1: 2. Andante
Trumpet Concerto in E flat, H.VIIe No.1: 3. Allegro
Trumpet Concerto in D: 1. Allegro moderato
Trumpet Concerto in D: 2. Andante
Trumpet Concerto in D: 3. Allegro
Trumpet Concerto in D: 1. Andante
Trumpet Concerto in D: 2. Allegro moderato
Trumpet Concerto in E flat: 1. Allegro
Trumpet Concerto in E flat: 2. Adagio
Trumpet Concerto in E flat: 3. Vivace
Trumpet Concerto No.1 in D: 1. Allegro
Trumpet Concerto No.1 in D: 2. Adagio
Trumpet Concerto No.1 in D: 3. Allegro
Trumpet Concerto No.2 in C - Cadenza: Hardenberger: 1. Adagio
Trumpet Concerto No.2 in C - Cadenza: Hardenberger: 2. Allegro molto
Sonata in D for Trumpet, Strings and Continuo: 1. Grave
Sonata in D for Trumpet, Strings and Continuo: 2. Allegro
Sonata in D for Trumpet, Strings and Continuo: 3. Grave
Sonata in D for Trumpet, Strings and Continuo: 4. Allegro
Sonata in D for Trumpet, Strings and Continuo: 5. Allegro
Concerto a 5 in B flat, Op.7, No.3 for Oboe, Strings and Continuo - Trumpet performance: 1. Allegro
Concerto a 5 in B flat, Op.7, No.3 for Oboe, Strings and Continuo - Trumpet performance: 2. Adagio
Concerto a 5 in B flat, Op.7, No.3 for Oboe, Strings and Continuo - Trumpet performance: 3. Allegro
Adagio for Strings and Organ
Trumpet Tune
Erbarm' dich mein, o Herre Gott, BWV 721
Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639
Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV 727
Ave Maria: arr. from Bach's Prelude No.1 BWV 846

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