Notes and Editorial Reviews
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J. C. HERTEL
Sinfonias: No. 1 in D for three trumpets; No. 2 in D for three trumpets.
J. W. HERTEL
Trumpet Concertos: No 1 in E?; No 2 in E?; No. 3 in D. Trumpet and Oboe Concerto
Wolfgang Bauer (tpt); cond; Christian Wetzel (ob); Württemberg CO Heilbronn
MDG 901 1499 (Hybrid multichannel SACD: 62:56)
Around 1742, Johann Christian Hertel (1697–1754) and his eldest son Johann Wilhelm Hertel (1727–89), with the assistance of composer Franz Benda, settled north of Berlin, where the father assumed the post of leader of the court orchestra. Pater’s duties were significant, crossing a wide range of activities required by the small but active court musical life. Indeed, it has been estimated that his composing work could have amounted to as many as 650 modest orchestral works
, according to the number of music paper sheets he was allotted each year (4,000). J. C specialized in music for the orchestra, whereas his son J. W.—who, like his father, played violin and harpsichord—assumed a position in the orchestra at the age of 17 in 1744 and began a career that would give more attention to vocal music.
Due to the cataracts that plagued his father, J. W. took over the leadership of the orchestra, and assumed a number of subsequent positions, landing at the court orchestra of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, a moderate-sized band where he actually became the secretary to Princess Ulrike Sophie. In 1770, he was appointed her privy counselor, the furthest anyone could advance who was not of the aristocracy, and enjoyed a privileged lifestyle aside from continuing his composing activities.
J. W.’s Trumpet Concerto No. 1 is about as close to entering the repertoire status as any; all three are actually worthy entrants that should enjoy even wider currency than they do today. They are in the traditional Italian model, with an important opening movement followed by a lyrical slower one, and ending with a dance-like finale. The trumpet parts are in the
register, high and brilliant, and cannot fail to please an audience. Equally interesting is the Double Concerto for Trumpet and Oboe, full of song-like melodies and carefully woven dialogue between the two instruments.
Dad J.C. likes larger effects, especially those of massed trumpets, as are found in these two sinfonias, each for three trumpets, timpani, two violins, viola, and continuo. They follow the same Italianate style, but are more flourishing and festive. This SACD has spectacular sound, and Wolfgang Bauer proves himself a true exponent of the style. For a good old-fashioned brass blowout, recommended.
FANFARE: Steven E. Ritter