Notes and Editorial Reviews
CLASSICAL TRUMPET CONCERTOS
Eric Aubier (tpt
); Vincent Barthe, cond;
François Leleux (ob
); Benoit Fromanger (fl
); Alain Moglia (vn
); O de Bretagne;
Toulouse Natl CO
INDÉSENS 0018 (63:58)
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2.
Trumpet Concerto in E?.
Trumpet Concerto in E.
Concerto in D for Trumpet, 2 French Horns, and Strings.
Trumpet Concerto in D
This is the third disc in Indésens’s Eric Aubier edition. The selections presented here are taken from two discs: the Telemann and Hummel from a Mandala recording,
The Masters of the Trumpet
, issued around 1997, and the other three works from a 1988 Sony disc titled
The Most Beautiful Concertos
. In a review of the first disc in the series (
31:6), Phillip Scott, quoting Paul Snook from an earlier review (12:3), referred to Aubier’s style as “flamboyant virtuosity” and described his playing as “brash, burnished, theatrical, and sensual.” All of these adjectives can be applied to Aubier’s brilliant playing on this disc as well.
Aubier’s performances of these five much-recorded works is the antithesis of the routine, correct, but dull performances one might hear from a musician more interested in, for example, correct period practice than in an exciting performance. The playing
exciting and gives new life to works that have, perhaps, become over-familiar with repeated hearing. The sound of the Orchestre de Bretagne, which accompanies all but the Bach, playing modern instruments with little or no concession to current period practice, was jarring at first, so accustomed have we become to hearing period-instrument groups in repertoire from this period. But the ear soon adjusts to what was once the standard, and what is still an equally valid, orchestral sound. Vincent Barthe chooses reasonable tempos, and the Orchestre de Bretagne plays well, as does the Toulouse National Chamber Orchestra in the
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2.
This disc will probably not be pleasing to those who find it difficult to accept modern instruments in music of this period, but the rest of us can simply sit back and enjoy.
The Hummel concerto is performed in its original key, E. Hummel wrote it in 1803 for performance by Anton Weidinger on a keyed trumpet. (Haydn’s concerto was also written to be performed by Weidinger.) As valved trumpets replaced the keyed instrument, Hummel’s and Haydn’s concertos remained unperformed until modern times. The notes inaccurately give Edward Tarr credit for rediscovering the original. It was Merrill Debsky, a Yale University student, who found the original, and the first recording of it was made in 1964. Armando Ghitalla gave the first modern performance of the concerto in E and made the first recording. He also produced the first modern edition, but the publisher had the work transposed to E? to make it more playable on modern instruments. Tarr was, however, responsible for the first edition in the original key.
readers probably have most, if not all, of these works on their shelves already. Wynton Marsalis on Sony (originally on CBS) performs the Hummel (in E?), Haydn, and Mozart works with equal brilliance. Anyone looking for these works, or anyone who appreciates brilliant trumpet playing, will find this disc a worthwhile purchase.
FANFARE: Ron Salemi
Works on This Recording
Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047 by Johann Sebastian Bach
François Leleux (Oboe),
Benoît Fromanger (Flute),
Eric Aubier (Trumpet),
Alain Moglia (Violin)
Written: 1717-1718; ?Cöthen, Germany
Length: 11 Minutes 29 Secs.
Concerto for Trumpet in D major by Leopold Mozart
Eric Aubier (Trumpet)
Written: 1762; Austria
Length: 10 Minutes 27 Secs.
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