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Sound The Trumpet! / Andre, Smithers, Hardenberger, Laird


Release Date: 04/22/1997 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 454421   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Marc-Antoine CharpentierTomaso AlbinoniGeorg Philipp TelemannAntonio Vivaldi,   ... 
Performer:  Pierre CochereauRoger DelmotteMaurice AndréJohn Constable,   ... 
Conductor:  Iona BrownSir Neville MarrinerElgar Howarth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I MusiciParis Clarinet SextetAcademy of St. Martin in the Fields,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Smithers treats his melodic lines in superlative fashion, with the most stylish of phrasing, rhythm, and ornamentation. In its field this is among the very best of records.

Don Smithers suggests that the musical importance of Bologna has been underestimated, as also has that of its enormous, still unfinished church of San Petronio. He goes on to drive his point home in the most agreeable of fashions by giving superlative performances, all of them likely to have been written for and played in San Petronio by musicians associated with it as composers, directors, or players.

Principal among them, of course, is Torelli himself; never a director at San Petronio, he nevertheless played in its orchestra, and
Read more regularly composed music for it... Turn the record, though, to wonder anew at the even further variety conjured up by Torelli's orchestral colleagues: Grossi at the violin desk, Gabrielli and Bononcini with the cellos. It would, I think, be unreal to claim that they write better music than Torelli (in particular they manage to extract less fluent melodic lines from the limited notes of the natural trumpet); but they certainly add to the variety of style on offer. Bononcini, in particular, is, unpredictable, with stark rhythms and textures probably unparalleled elsewhere at the time.

Smithers treats his own melodic lines, as I have already suggested, in superlative fashion, with the most stylish of phrasing, rhythm, and ornamentation (this must originally have been tricky on the valveless instrument), and a clear round tone which is kept in ideal balance with the strings (allowing the few fugal passages to sound right, for once). These strings themselves play alertly, in occasional solo passages particularly so. The balance is, however, not quite right, one might think, for the harpsichord: while this is not so submerged as I Musici once regularly seemed to insist, its useful contributions (to the Bononcini, particularly) could still be brought up somewhat with advantage. As it stands, the balance is certainly realistic; but where harpsichord is accompanying trumpet realism is itself inadequate, something better than that distinctly desirable.

To some ears which prefer a distant harpsichord this balance will of course seem no flaw at all; even to others surely only a very small one in relation to the abundant virtues of the recording as a whole. These match those of the music, the performances, and the quality of the writing about the music. In its field this is among the very best of records.

-- Gramophone [9/1972, reviewing the Smithers performances]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Te Deum in D major, H 146: Prelude by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Performer:  Pierre Cochereau (Organ), Roger Delmotte (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa ?1690; France 
2.
Concerto for Trumpet in B flat major "San Marco" by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer:  Maurice André (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Clarinet Sextet
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
3.
Concerto for 2 Trumpets, Strings and Basso Continuo in E flat major by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  John Constable (Harpsichord), Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet), Michael Laird (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
4.
Concerto for Violin and 2 Oboes in D major, RV 563 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Iona Brown (Violin), Michael Laird (Trumpet), William Houghton (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
5.
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 
6.
Sinfonias (12), Op. 3: no 10 à 7 for 2 Trumpets and Strings in D major by Giovanni Bononcini
Performer:  Desmond Dupré (Chitarrone), Simon Preston (Organ), Don Smithers (Trumpet),
Michael Laird (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
7.
Sinfonias (12), Op. 3: no 8 for Trumpet and Strings by Giovanni Bononcini
Performer:  Maria Teresa Garatti (Harpsichord), Don Smithers (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
8.
Sonata a 6 by Domenico Gabrielli
Performer:  Maria Teresa Garatti (Harpsichord), Don Smithers (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
9.
Sonatas, Op. 3: no 11 in D major by Andrea Grossi
Performer:  Desmond Dupré (Chitarrone), Don Smithers (Trumpet), Simon Preston (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1682; Italy 
10.
Work(s) by Giuseppe Torelli
Performer:  Maria Teresa Garatti (Harpsichord), Don Smithers (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici

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