Friday, 11 July 2014

The Brass Trumpet Works...

The following is from the Gramophone Archive dated September 1971 Here, DM contributed to some Baroque Music from the looks of things..


BAROQUE TRUMPET WORKS. Don Smithers (trumpet), David Munrow (bassoon), Desmond Dupre. (chitarrone), Simon Preston (harpsichord and organ), Academy of St Martin- in-the-Fields conducted by Neville Marriner. items marked* with Michael Laird ( trum pet) . Philips 6500 110 (L2.30).

lacchini: Trateriimento per camera in D major. Bononcini:Si,dookt No. 10 in D majors. Telemann: Concert a quattro in D major, "di Melante". Purcell: The Indian Queen Trumpet Overture in D major; The Yorkshire Feast Song?Sinfonia in D major'. Torelll: Sonata a cinque No. 7 in D major. Grossi: Sonata S (imply No. It in D major. Schmelzer: Sonata S chigoe in C major. Vejvanovsky: Intrada in C major*.

Amazement at the ingenuity of Baroque composers in devising lively, grave and witty music for an instrument confined to around a dozen notes can sustain the listener for a good deal of the time in this record, but not, I would have thought, throughout. Skilfully and knowledgeably as Mr Smithers has chosen his selection, there is a limit to the expressive range of these concertante pieces. Clever use of scales marks the Sonata cinque by Schmelzer; others, as Iacchini in his brief burst of exuberance, do wonders with the notes of common chords ; Bononcini has a fine opening Andante to his Sinfonia for two trumpets; and Purcell, in two excerpts that have little point on their own, produces music with his characteristic ring. The finest piece is the only actual concerto, the so-called Concerto a quattro in D by "Melante", whom crossword addicts will have no trouble in de-anagramising into a much more celebrated master. His chief Allegro has a splendid jauntiness without recourse to cliche, and it is flanked by a dignified Adagio and Grave. He does well to escape so inventively from the terseness that is a natural outcome of the baroque trumpet's paucity of notes, and which Schmelzer is one of the more ingenious at turning to positive inventive ends. The performances are very bright and fetching, and excellently recorded. J.W

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