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Trumpet Voluntary - Music For Organ And Brass / Hurford


Release Date: 04/04/2011 
Label:  Argo   Catalog #: 433451   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Marc-Antoine CharpentierHenry PurcellJohann Sebastian BachJean-François Dandrieu,   ... 
Performer:  Peter Hurford
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Michael Laird Brass Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is an agreeable collection, but not a distinctive one, even though the playing is of a high calibre. What it may do is to entice inexperienced listeners who fancy the combination of organ and brass, irrespective of repertoire, to explore further. Certainly Bach chorales can be very effective when the cantus firmus is played by trumpet, or the warmer flugelhorn, against Bach's organ decorations. This is especially telling in Wo soll ich fliehen hin (BWV646) and Kommst du nun, Jesu (BWV650), where the organ writing is comparatively florid and played with the lightest touch by Peter Hurford. Equally in Jesu bleibet meine Freude ("Jesu joy of man's desiring"), with the organ playing the basic melisma and the brass group given the Read more chorale, or in the Schübler chorale, Wachet auf, where the whole piece is essentially arranged for brass but with the organ still maintaining a discreet presence, the results are impressive. But perhaps the most striking new look is with Schafe konnen sicher weiden ("Sheep may safely graze"), where trombones intone the chorale, very dignified and stately, and the organ plays the underlying continua.

Apart from Bach, there is the arresting opening Prelude of Charpentier, and some popular favourites too, notably a fine forthright account of Jeremiah Clarke's The Prince of Denmark's March (which used to be called "The Trumpet Voluntary"), while the concert ends with a grandiloquent Minuet from Handel's Royal Fireworks Music, sounding properly regal and producing real splendour in the reprise. Purcell's Trumpet Sonata works well with the organ, but for me the highlight is the novelty of Dandrieu's, Si c'est pour ôter la vie. This begins on two high-voiced trumpets, playing in close harmony, and the sound is captivating; the organ entry brings a more complex treatment of the theme which is hardly less winning and reminds us that Hurford is playing the magnificent organ at Ratzeburg Cathedral, which he has used so tellingly in his solo Bach recordings.

Also very enjoyable are the two Allegros from the four-movement suite selected from organ voluntaries of John Stanley, again featuring the trumpets at their most brilliant. I hope I may be forgiven for saying that I prefer the Bach chorales in their normal formats (especially "Jesu joy of man's desiring", with chorus and oboe obbligato) but that is not to imply that baroque music can't be stimulating when heard in different sonorities. Certainly this collection offers very good sound and I hope it makes new friends for the music.

-- Gramophone [9/1992]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Te Deum in D major, H 146: Prelude by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Michael Laird Brass Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa ?1690; France 
2.
Trumpet Tune for Organ in C major, Z T698 "Indian Queen" by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 36 Secs. 
3.
Chorale Preludes (6) BWV 645-650 "Schübler": no 5, Ach bleib' bei uns, BWV 649 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Michael Laird Brass Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1748-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Chorale Preludes (6) BWV 645-650 "Schübler": no 4, Meine Seele erhebet den Herren, BWV 648 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Michael Laird Brass Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1748-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
5.
Noëls for Organ: no 4, Si c'est pour être la vie by Jean-François Dandrieu
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1721-23; France 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
6.
Sonata for Trumpet and Strings in D major, Z 850 by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Michael Laird Brass Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1694; England 
7.
Chorale Preludes (6) BWV 645-650 "Schübler": no 2, Wo soll ich fliehen hin?, BWV 646 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1748-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 41 Secs. 
8.
Chorale Preludes (6) BWV 645-650 "Schübler": no 6, Kommst du nun, Jesu, BWV 650 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1748-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 26 Secs. 
9.
Suite in D major: Prince of Denmark's March "Trumpet Voluntary" by Jeremiah Clarke
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1700; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
10.
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Michael Laird Brass Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
11.
Il primo libro della canzoni ... No.1, Canzon Prima, violino solo; over cornetto by Girolamo Frescobaldi
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Length: 2 Minutes 44 Secs. 
12.
Chorale Preludes (6) BWV 645-650 "Schübler": no 1, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Michael Laird Brass Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1748-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
13.
Chorale Preludes (6) BWV 645-650 "Schübler": no 3, Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten, BWV 647 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1748-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 49 Secs. 
14.
Nun danket alle Gott, BWV 657 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1723; ?Weimar, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 13 Secs. 
15.
Voluntaries (10) for Organ, book 2, Op. 6: no 1 in D minor by John Stanley
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Length: 0 Minutes 53 Secs. 
16.
Voluntaries (10) for Organ, book 2, Op. 6: no 2 in A minor by John Stanley
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1752; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
17.
Voluntaries (10) for Organ, book 2, Op. 6: no 3 in G minor by John Stanley
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1752; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 3 Secs. 
18.
Voluntaries (10) for Organ, book 2, Op. 6: no 4 in D major by John Stanley
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
19.
Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!, BWV 208 "Hunt Cantata": Schafe können sicher weiden by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Michael Laird Brass Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1713; Cöthen, Germany 
20.
Music for the Royal Fireworks, for orchestra, HWV 351: Minuet by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1749; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 49 Secs. 
21.
Indian Queen, Z 630: Trumpet Tune and Air by Henry Purcell
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Michael Laird Brass Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1695; England 
22.
Noëls for Organ: no 4, Si c'est pour être la vie by Jean-François Dandrieu
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Michael Laird Brass Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1721-23; France 
23.
Voluntaries (10) for Organ, book 2, Op. 6: no 5 in D major "Trumpet" by John Stanley
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Michael Laird Brass Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1752; England 
24.
Voluntaries (10) for Organ, book 2, Op. 6: no 6 in D major by John Stanley
Performer:  Peter Hurford (Organ)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Michael Laird Brass Ensemble
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1752; England 

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