52,943 reviews
and more.. and still writing ...

Search MusicWeb Here



International mailing

  Founder: Len Mullenger             Editor in Chief: John Quinn               Contact Seen and Heard here  


Some items
to consider

Chopin Edition 17CDs
now available separately
£11 post-free anywhere


100th birthday of Mieczyslaw Weinberg on December 8, 2019.
Renate Eggbrecht has recorded all 3 violin Sonatas

Mozart Brahms
Clarinet Quintets


Recordings of the Month


Opera transcriptions & fantasias


Mozart Brahms
Clarinet Quintets

Schubert Symphony 9


Jean-Baptiste LEMOYNE

Enescu Ravel Britten

Debussy Images etc.

53 Studies on Chopin Études 1
Konstantin Scherbakov (piano)




Buy through MusicWeb
for £12 postage paid World-wide.

Musicweb Purchase button


Arias for Soprano and Trumpet
George Frideric HANDEL
(1685 1759)
Battaglia and Marcia (Rinaldo) (1710) [3.12]
Alessandro SCARLATTI (1660 - 1725) Sinfonia (Il Prigioner Fortunato) (1698) [3.36]; Su le sponde del Tebro [14.30]
Tommaso ALBINONI (1671 1751) Vien con nuova orribil guerra (La Statira) (1726) [5.30]
Georg von REUTER (1708 1772) Quoniam [9.15]
Petronius Luca Antonia PREDIERI (1688 1767) Pace una volta (Zenobia) (1740) [7.38]
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685 1739) Cantata No. 51, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen (1730?) [11.03]
George Frideric HANDEL (1685 1759) Or, la tromba (Rinaldo) (1710) [4.11]; Destero all'empia dite (Amadigi) (1715) [6.07]; Let the bright Seraphim (Samson) (1741) [5.45]
John Wallace (trumpet); Helen Field (soprano)
Philharmonia Orchestra/Simon Wright
rec. All Saints Church, Tooting, 5-7 January 1988
NIMBUS NI5123 [71.00]

Experience Classicsonline

In the baroque era the use of the trumpet was often associated with fanfares and martial music. The sort of brilliant high trumpet playing which is featured on this disc fell out of favour during the later 18th century. Indeed, when Mozart came to arrange Messiah he had to perform radical surgery on the trumpet part of The Trumpet shall sound.

This disc, recorded in 1988, was intended to showcase the trumpet playing of John Wallace. He plays on a modern instrument with the Philharmonia Orchestra accompanying. We don't get period performance, but we do get some extremely stylish playing. And some superb trumpet playing. What they are capable of is indicated by the opening Battaglia and Marcia from Handel's Rinaldo. This is followed by the overture from Scarlatti's Il prigionier fortunato which uses four trumpets to quite brilliant effect.

But this is a disc which features music for soprano and trumpet, so the next item, Scarlatti's cantata Su le sponde del Tebro introduces soprano Helen Field. Field is not a particular baroque specialist, but she has an attractive, lyric voice, better known for roles like Gilda, Desdemona and Violetta.

Scarlatti's cantata concerns the nymph Aminta who is scorned by Chloris, on the banks of the Tiber, hence the cantata's title. Quite why Scarlatti added a trumpet part we don't know, but there is certainly nothing martial about the piece or the subject matter. And it concludes with a folk-like aria whose musical material seems at odds with the text, Deplore the cruelty of a faithless woman.

The cantata is followed by a trio of rarities, an aria from Albinoni's La Statira, the Quoniam from Johann Georg von Reuter's masses and an aria from Predieri's Zenobia. Predieri was born in Bologna but moved to Vienna and became director of the court chapel. Metastasio wrote the libretto of Zenobia especially for him. Predieri was succeeded at the court chapel by Von Reuter.

The two arias both include martial sentiments and represent a more traditional use of the trumpet, especially the way that the instrument duets (or duels) with the voice. By now, this pairing of voice and trumpet has shown up some limitations. Helen Field's technique is not as clean or as accurate as that of Wallace, and when the pair perform similar or the same material, the differences in technique and style are rather noticeable. Field also has a rather generalised view of the music, she does not provide the variety of tone, colour and expression which I would want in this repertoire.

This is emphasised on the weakest item on the disc, Bach's cantata no. 51, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, which includes a trumpet part written for Bach's principal trumpet player, Gottfried Reiche. Field just does not seem comfortable with Bach's florid writing and is nowhere near as expressive as she ought to be, though the more lyric passages come off better.

We return to Handel with the brilliant Or la tromba from Rinaldo, Destero dall'empia dite from Amadigi and finally Let the Bright Seraphim from Samson, this latter played in a version without chorus.

This is an interesting and imaginatively programmed disc, which contains one or two items which you might not have on disc. Throughout, John Wallace's trumpet playing is impeccable and he is well supported by the Philharmonia. But Helen Field fails to convince in this repertoire and her performances may not be ones to which you would want to go back.

Robert Hugill


Advertising on

Donate and keep us afloat


New Releases

Naxos Classical

Click to see New Releases
Get 10% off using code musicweb10

Nimbus Podcast

Obtain 10% discount

Special offer 50% off
15CDs £83 incl. postage

Musicweb sells the following labels

Altus 10% off
Atoll 10% off
CRD 10% off
Hallé 10% off
Lyrita 10% off
Nimbus 10% off
Nimbus Alliance
Prima voce 10% off
Red Priest 10% off
Retrospective 10% off
Saydisc 10% off
Sterling 10% off

Follow us on Twitter

Subscribe to our free weekly review listing

Sample: See what you will get

Editorial Board
MusicWeb International
Founding Editor
Rob Barnett
Editor in Chief
John Quinn
Seen & Heard
Editor Emeritus
   Bill Kenny
MusicWeb Webmaster
   David Barker
Jonathan Woolf
MusicWeb Founder
   Len Mullenger



Making a Donation to MusicWeb

Writing CD reviews for MWI

About MWI
Who we are, where we have come from and how we do it.

Site Map

How to find a review

How to find articles on MusicWeb
Listed in date order

Review Indexes
   By Label
      Select a label and all reviews are listed in Catalogue order
   By Masterwork
            Links from composer names (eg Sibelius) are to resource pages with links to the review indexes for the individual works as well as other resources.

Themed Review pages

Jazz reviews


      Composer surveys
      Unique to MusicWeb -
a comprehensive listing of all LP and CD recordings of given works
Prepared by Michael Herman

The Collector’s Guide to Gramophone Company Record Labels 1898 - 1925
Howard Friedman

Book Reviews

Complete Books
We have a number of out of print complete books on-line

With Composers, Conductors, Singers, Instumentalists and others
Includes those on the Seen and Heard site


Nostalgia CD reviews

Records Of The Year
Each reviewer is given the opportunity to select the best of the releases

Monthly Best Buys
Recordings of the Month and Bargains of the Month

Arthur Butterworth Writes

An occasional column

Phil Scowcroft's Garlands
British Light Music articles

Classical blogs
A listing of Classical Music Blogs external to MusicWeb International

Reviewers Logs
What they have been listening to for pleasure



Bulletin Board

Give your opinions or seek answers

Pat and present

Helpers invited!

How Did I Miss That?

Currently suspended but there are a lot there with sound clips

Composer Resources

British Composers

British Light Music Composers

Other composers

Film Music (Archive)
Film Music on the Web (Closed in December 2006)

Programme Notes
For concert organizers

External sites
British Music Society
The BBC Proms
Orchestra Sites
Recording Companies & Retailers
Online Music
Agents & Marketing
Other links
Web News sites etc

A pot-pourri of articles

MW Listening Room
MW Office

Advice to Windows Vista users  
Site History  
What they say about us
What we say about us!
Where to get help on the Internet
CD orders By Special Request
Graphics archive
Currency Converter
Web Ring
Translation Service

Rules for potential reviewers :-)
Do Not Go Here!
April Fools

Return to Review Index

Untitled Document

Reviews from previous months
Join the mailing list and receive a hyperlinked weekly update on the discs reviewed. details
We welcome feedback on our reviews. Please use the Bulletin Board
Please paste in the first line of your comments the URL of the review to which you refer.