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Romantic Trumpet Sonatas / Freeman-attwood

Freeman-attwood,Jonathan
Release Date: 02/01/2011 
Label:  Linn Records   Catalog #: 370   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Edvard GriegRobert SchumannFelix MendelssohnKarl Pilss
Performer:  Daniel-Ben PienaarJonathan Freeman-Attwood
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 10 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.


Even if you’re not accustomed to caring about a recording featuring a solo trumpet—you’ll want to make an exception for this remarkably engaging, exciting, and consummately impressive display of virtuoso playing, vibrant sound, first-rate arrangements/adaptations, and first-class music. Jonathan Freeman-Attwood and his piano partner Daniel-Ben Pienaar have made two previous recordings motivated by their desire to “improve the lot of the trumpet and piano duo” and no one would deny that they’ve achieved their purpose here.

For me, the best by far is the opening Holberg Suite in a
Read more brilliantly conceived arrangement by Pienaar—the first movement alone is worth the price of the disc. Next favorite is the Sonata by Karl Pilss (1935), which actually was written for these instruments and makes a terrific concert piece. The Schumann and Mendelssohn are simply transcriptions from works for violin and cello, respectively, and don’t translate quite as well to the trumpet’s voice—but you can’t fault the playing. My only reservation is that, beautiful as Freeman-Attwood’s tone is, the trumpet’s timbre can become aurally fatiguing for 70 minutes of uninterrupted listening. And, incidentally, Pienaar is fantastic—every soloist should be blessed with an accompanist with such formidable technique and sensitivity.

—David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
From Holberg's Time, Op. 40 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano), Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; Norway 
Venue:  St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 16 Minutes 34 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 in A minor, Op. 105 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano), Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Germany 
Venue:  St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 15 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Cello and Piano no 2 in D major, Op. 58 by Felix Mendelssohn
Performer:  Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano), Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Germany 
Venue:  St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 22 Minutes 34 Secs. 
4.
Sonate for trumpet & piano by Karl Pilss
Performer:  Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet), Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
Venue:  St George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol 
Length: 14 Minutes 16 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg's Time), Op. 40 (arr. D.-B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): I. Prelude
Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg's Time), Op. 40 (arr. D.-B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): II. Sarabande
Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg's Time), Op. 40 (arr. D.-B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): III. Gavotte
Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg's Time), Op. 40 (arr. D.-B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): IV. Air
Fra Holbergs tid (From Holberg's Time), Op. 40 (arr. D.-B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): V. Rigaudon
Violin Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105 (arr. J. Freeman-Attwood and D.-B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): I. Mit leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck
Violin Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105 (arr. J. Freeman-Attwood and D.-B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): II. Allegretto
Violin Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105 (arr. J. Freeman-Attwood and D.-B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): III. Lebhaft
Cello Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 58 (arr. J. Freeman-Attwood and D.-B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): I. Allegro assai vivace
Cello Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 58 (arr. J. Freeman-Attwood and D.-B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): II. Allegretto scherzando
Cello Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 58 (arr. J. Freeman-Attwood and D.-B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): III. Adagio
Cello Sonata No. 2 in D major, Op. 58 (arr. J. Freeman-Attwood and D.-B. Pienaar for trumpet and piano): IV. Molto allegro e vivace
Trumpet Sonata: I. Allegro appassionato
Trumpet Sonata: II. Adagio, molto cantabile
Trumpet Sonata: III. Allegro agitato

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