HAYDN Concerto in E flat
TORELLI Concerto in D
HAYDN Concerto in C
TELEMANN Concerto in D
NERUDA Concerto in E
J. HUMPHRIES Concerto in
REGIS RECORDS RRC 1053
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This disc is a real joy. It has given me enormous pleasure and I played it
to my sixth formers who were genuinely enthusiastic. If music and performances
can do this it proves the power and the value of music and the fundamental
goodness of the human spirit.
The soloist is my type of performer. Everything is thought out and logical
and what a super sound he has. Simply magnificent. I love the brightness
of his playing and he also has a real sensitivity which makes the trumpet
sound so beautiful. What a pity that this instrument has been somewhat debased
by its misuse and abuse!
The enthusiasm in the orchestral playing was a revelation as well. I adored
the vigour and excitement. Why isn't all early music played like this? I
do not want to limit this splendid recording to students alone but such
performances are invaluable to students when all the lines are clearly defined
and can be followed and analysed from the score.
The slow movement of the Michael Haydn was so good that I thought
I was in heaven. Really choice!
Listen to the elegance of the Torelli and the simply wonderful slow
sections of the central movement. It is almost too beautiful. I adore the
way the open-air style is captured. The articulation of the finale is
well-judged. It is all too short though, but then that is better than all
the padding and repetition one associates with some later composers!
The sound engineers have done a superlative job.
I have always rated Telemann higher than most of my colleagues do.
He was not trammelled by academic correctness. I adore the intimacy of this
concerto here brilliantly brought to life! Listen to those high trumpet notes
and just admire. That's all you can do! What secure intonation! What vibrancy!
I need say no more!