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Music for Trumpet & Orchestra / Steele-Perkins, Lamon


Release Date: 05/03/1994 
Label:  Sony Classical Vivarte Series Catalog #: 53365   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alessandro StradellaHeinrich Ignaz BiberAntonio VivaldiTomaso Albinoni,   ... 
Performer:  Crispian Steele-PerkinsJohn Thiessen
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Persuasive performances that exhibit the true essence of the old trumpet.

From the opening strains of Stradella's wonderfully invigorating Sonata for solo trumpet (placed midway between a richly scored accompaniment of two string choirs), it is immediately apparent how the limitations of the natural trumpet provide it with the freedom to produce its own special range of tonal characteristics. This is the canvas Steele-Perkins has been championing for years: the scope in colour, articulation and subtle timbral nuance which characterize 'natural' trumpet playing at its most honest—in other words without all the modern paraphernalia which may make the instrument easier to play but destroys the capacity for expressive
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This is, then, a notable release, not least because there are so few current recordings of this type for solo natural trumpet (let alone for the slide trumpet whose mellow tones grace the Handel selection of 'airs' at the end of the disc). Steele-Perkins figured prominently on a Hyperion disc entitled ''Italian Baroque Trumpet Music'' recorded in 1987, though this latest project reveals more of the fibrous quality of the natural trumpet, sounding especially wholesome on David Edwards's copy of a 1667 instrument by Simon Beale of London. The accompaniment, too, is altogether more cultivated and immediate from Tafelmusik. A comparison of the Stradella sonata (the only work common to both discs) shows a greater resonance in the earlier recording but less vitality overall, and also less of a distinction between the two string groups.

Of the other works, the Biber sonatas are a joy (again, Steele-Perkins has already recorded them for Hyperion—1/86, nla—but the same observations apply here as with Stradella) and the Telemann Concerto for trumpet and two oboes is a paragon of homogeneity between instruments, which in their original form have more in common than is usually supposed. John Thiessen makes a fine impression as the co-principal in the two-trumpet works and there is a pleasing blend here too. The work described as Albinoni's Concerto for trumpet and three oboes is spurious (published erroneously as such by Sikorski in 1966) and sounds remarkably German to my ears. 'Attrib.' at the very least, please. A tiny gripe in an otherwise excellent release. I am not aware of a solo recording at present which exhibits so persuasively or musically the true essence of the old trumpet.

-- Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Gramophone [4/1995]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Trumpet in D major by Alessandro Stradella
Performer:  Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Italy 
2.
Fidicinium sacroprofanum: Sonata no 4 in G minor by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1683; Salzburg, Austria 
3.
Concerto for 2 Trumpets in C major by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet), John Thiessen (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
4.
Concerto for Trumpet in C major by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer:  Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Notes: This work has been attributed to Tomaso Albinoni, but its authenticity has still not been established. 
5.
Serse, HWV 40: Caro voi siete all'alma by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Notes: Arranged: Crispian Steele-Perkins 
6.
Sonatae tam aris, quam aulis servientes: no 1 in D major by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1676; Salzburg, Austria 
7.
Sonatae tam aris, quam aulis servientes: no 10 in G minor by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1676; Salzburg, Austria 
8.
Duet for 2 Trumpets no 1 in C major by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  John Thiessen (Trumpet), Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Bohemia 
9.
Duet for 2 Trumpets no 5 in C major by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  John Thiessen (Trumpet), Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Bohemia 
10.
Duet for 2 Trumpets no 11 in G minor by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  John Thiessen (Trumpet), Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Bohemia 
11.
Duet for 2 Trumpets no 13 in A minor by Heinrich Ignaz Biber
Performer:  John Thiessen (Trumpet), Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 17th Century; Bohemia 
12.
Admeto, Rè di Tessaglia, HWV 22: Se l'arcoavessi by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1727; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Notes: Arranged: Crispian Steele-Perkins 
13.
Scipione, HWV 20: March by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Notes: Arranged: Crispian Steele-Perkins 
14.
Judas Maccabaeus, HWV 63: See the conqu'ring hero comes by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1993 
Notes: Arranged: Crispian Steele-Perkins 
15.
Atalanta, HWV 35: Trumpet Overture by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1736; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1993 
16.
Concerto for Trumpet in D major, TV 51 no D 7 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Crispian Steele-Perkins (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1708-1714; Eisenach, Germany 

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