SOVIET TRUMPET CONCERTOS
ALEXANDER ARUTYUNYAN (b. 1920)
Trumpet Concerto (1950)
Variations for trumpet and
ALEXANDRA PAKHMUTOVA (b.1929)
Bibi Black (trumpet)
Moscow Chamber Orchestra/Constantine
CHANDOS CHAN 9668
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Here are four works for trumpet and orchestra all from the pre-Perestroika
The Arutyunian is a singularly attractive work dating from 1950. It is brilliant
(as you would expect), languorously suggestive of warm summer nights in the
Caucasus and, in places, a hair's breadth from Gershwin's blues. Those of
you who may have heard the violin concerto this is a much more attractive
work given a strapping performance and vivid recording. The big theme struts
like a toreador.
The Variations are as strikingly memorable - a warm steady flow of
orientally-accented lyricism alternates with ripe and pert virtuosity. There
is none of the hieratic minimalism we get from Hovhaness whenever he is put
near an orchestra and a trumpet. Philip Taylor's lucid and informative notes
suggest parallels with Kabalevsky.
The Pakhmutova concerto is bright, eager, imaginative and not a moment too
Vainberg's concerto is again a work of technical challenge. It is more
modernistic than the Arutyunian; rather like a Malcolm Arnold concerto but
with a higher dosage of dissonance (nothing to frighten anyone off but noticeable
all the same).
All the usual high production values from Chandos.