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The Neoclassical Trumpet: Works by Stravinsky, Fauré, Respighi, Martinu et al. / Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, trumpet; Daniel Ben-Pienaar, piano

Album Summary

>Stravinsky, Igor : Pulcinella, suite for orchestra
>Leigh, Walter : A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music
>Fauré, Gabriel : Masques et bergamasques, suite for orchestra, Op. 112
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Sonatina for trumpet & piano, H. 357
>Respighi, Ottorino : Gli uccelli "The Birds"
>Stenhammar, Wilhelm : Sången, Op. 44
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Notes & Reviews:

The Neoclassical Trumpet' sees Jonathan Freeman-Attwood address the question: what if the chromatic trumpet and the modern Steinway Grand had existed a good century or so earlier and composers had recognised their duo potential? With new arrangements by pianist Daniel-Ben Pienaar, Freeman-Attwood successfully re-imagines works by Stravinsky, Leigh, Faure and Respighi. Each of the composers represented here wrote significant parts for the trumpet in various chamber and orchestral contexts. The only original solo trumpet piece by any of these composers is Martinu's Sonatine. Stravinsky's Pulcinella inspired a variety of duo solutions in the decade or so after its premiere, but this is the first for trumpet. The main differences with this present version, is that all the movements from the Pulcinella Suite are incorporated to form a sizeable new recital piece. As a trumpet player and recording artist, Jonathan has attracted plaudits from the press; his producing career has resulted in over 200 albums and several awards including eight Gramophone Awards. Jonathan broadcasts regularly for BBC Radio 3 and is in demand as an essayist for EMI, Warner, Deutsche Grammophon and other major record labels. Daniel-Ben Pienaar is active as a recitalist and chamber musician. He has received great acclaim for his interpretations of Bach's keyboard music: 'Pienaar produces a breathless, highly energised reading' Gramophone on his Goldberg Variations.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2015
The centrepiece of 'The Neo-Classical Trumpet' is a devilishly astute reworking of Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite... Freeman-Attwood's clean, well-behaved trumpet sound embraces a dizzying palette of colours; the wrong-note buffoonery of the Vivo finds him cultivating a well-rounded rasp; in the finale, a bel canto tone is luminous and generous.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
It's all played on a small trumpet with small, shallow tone. Pienaar is an excellent piano collaborator.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. George's, Bristol, UK (07/14/2014-07/16/2014).



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>Stravinsky, Igor : Pulcinella, suite for orchestra
  • Performers: Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet); Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Bristol, UK (07/14/2014-07/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922

>Leigh, Walter : A Midsummer Night's Dream, incidental music
  • Performers: Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet); Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Bristol, UK (07/14/2014-07/16/2014)
  • Period Time: Modern

>Fauré, Gabriel : Masques et bergamasques, suite for orchestra, Op. 112
  • Performers: Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet); Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Bristol, UK (07/14/2014-07/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1919

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Sonatina for trumpet & piano, H. 357
  • Performers: Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet); Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Bristol, UK (07/14/2014-07/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 02/02/1956

>Respighi, Ottorino : Gli uccelli "The Birds"
  • Performers: Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet); Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Bristol, UK (07/14/2014-07/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1928

>Stenhammar, Wilhelm : Sången, Op. 44 :: Mellanspel
  • Performers: Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (Trumpet); Daniel-Ben Pienaar (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's, Bristol, UK (07/14/2014-07/16/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1921