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Angels - Contempoary music for trumpet by Liza Lim, Rebecca Saunders, Carl Ruggles / Marco Blaauw, trumpet

Notes & Reviews:

Trumpet player Marco Blaauw has made the further development of the trumpet, its technique and repertoire, his life's work. He frequently collaborates both with successful contemporary composers and younger composers that deserve to be heard. On this recording, Blaauw presents a fascinating selection of contemporary compositions for trumpet. It includes works by Liza Lim, Rebecca Saunders and the composer of the title track, Carl Ruggles.

American Record Guide, July/August 2014
Blaauw seems especially fond of his fivevalve, double-bell trumpet. The first three valves have the usual functions, the fourth produces quarter tones, and the fifth switches from one bell to the other. Blaauw is so adept at making half-valve sounds, he can change from one bell to the other gradually. Four of these works are for this remarkable instrument. In Rebecca Saunders's Neither (2011), Blauuw and Markus Schwind produce sounds on double-bell trumpets. A virtuoso trumpet quartet (Blaauw, Schwind, Nathan Plante, Ralf-Werner Kopp) is a weird and very entertaining sort of twittering machine in Richard Ayres's 'No 37c' (2002). It's fitting that Blaauw's own composition Deathangel (2012) is both the strangest and most moving work on the album. Blauuw makes an evocative and otherworldly soundtrack with conch shells, bukkehorn (a goat's horn), double- bell trumpet, and various recorded sounds.


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