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Handel, Haydn, Et Al: Trumpet Concertos / Maurice André


Release Date: 01/25/2005 
Label:  Emi Great Artists Of The Century Catalog #: 62947   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George Frideric HandelFranz Joseph HaydnJohann Nepomuk HummelJohann Wilhelm Hertel,   ... 
Performer:  Maurice André
Conductor:  Sir Charles MackerrasRiccardo MutiHerbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber OrchestraPhilharmonia OrchestraBerlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It should perhaps be made clear from the start that, of the five works presented here, one is not strictly a concerto at all, and that only two were originally written for the trumpet; but who can blame a trumpeter of Maurice Andre's legendary eminence, having recorded most of the comparatively slender repertoire of his instrument already—and some of the more standard concertos twice—for resorting to transcriptions and arrangements ? Nobody, I think, if the arrangements are made with taste and if the music itself lends itself to transcription tor the trumpet. Only one of the pieces in this collection, the 'Concerto' by Handel, strikes me as being slightly dubious on both counts It is an arrangement, by Jean Thilde, of the first five Read more movements of the Sonata in B minor for flute and continuo, Op. 1 No. 9, and while the figured bass has been quite effectively scored for strings and continuo, the solo part could not possibly be said to suit the trumpet. Andre, of course, plays it with seemingly effortless virtuosity, ascending to a staggering A in alt (a third higher than the Queen of the Night's top F) in his cadenza. No serious reservations need to be made in the case of the two Albinoni concertos, however, which are perfectly legitimate transcriptions, by Bernhard Paumgartner, of oboe concertos by the engaging (and highly professional) 'dilettante Veneto'.

The Telemann is more a concerto grosso than a solo concerto, since there are also important parts for two oboes and bassoon (who have the slow movement all to themselves), but the last work, by another versatile German, Johann Wilhelm Hertel (1727-89), is a real solo trumpet concerto, with a breezy finale reminiscent of C. P. E. Bach, and a very high-lying solo part in the central Larghetto.

Andre is in stunning form throughout, Charles Mackerras and the ECO provide stylish accompaniments, and EMI's recording does not bat an eyelid at the trumpet's stratospheric junketings.

-- Gramophone [11/1977, reviewing the LP release of the Handel, Albinoni, Telemann, and Hertel works]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Trumpet in D minor by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Maurice André (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios No 1, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Jean Thilde.
Abbey Road Studios No 1, London (01/23/1977 - 01/25/1977) 
2.
Concerto for Trumpet in E flat major, H 7e no 1 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Maurice André (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios No 1, London 
Length: 16 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Abbey Road Studios No 1, London (07/08/1984 - 07/10/1984) 
3.
Concerto for Trumpet in E flat major, S 49/WoO 1 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Performer:  Maurice André (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 20 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Philharmonie, Berlin (05/28/1974 - 05/29/1974) 
4.
Concerto for Trumpet in B flat major by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer:  Maurice André (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios No 1, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Bernhard Paumgartner.
Abbey Road Studios No 1, London (01/23/1977 - 01/25/1977) 
5.
Concerto for Trumpet no 1 in Eb major by Johann Wilhelm Hertel
Performer:  Maurice André (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Abbey Road Studios No 1, London 
Length: 13 Minutes 19 Secs. 
6.
Concerto for Trumpet in D major, TV 51 no D 7 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Maurice André (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1708-1714; Eisenach, Germany 
Venue:  Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 9 Minutes 5 Secs. 

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