A trumpet and organ spectacular: three original Argo and DG albums on a generous, newly compiled 2-CD set.
In Baroque works generally, the trumpet is always accompanied by drums both of these instruments having strong associations with military music. The organ, on the other hand, is primarily associated with the church and it is within the pageantry and rituals of divine worship that the combination of trumpets, timpani and organ comes most splendidly into its own. The repertoire on these recordings includes fine examples from the German, French, Italian and English schools, mixing original works and arrangements, jubilant fanfares with arias of liquid beauty.
It is especially fitting that there should be two works by Buxtehude who was for so many years organist at the Marienkirche in Lübeck. In the city’s central Dom, Preston was joined by the three prodigiously talented, twenty-something Läubin brothers to make ‘Awake the trumpet’s lofty sound’ in 1985. Five years later they were reunited at the studios of Abbey Road in London to record Italian and German concertos full of stately proclamations and brilliant figuration.
Back in 1968, Preston had scored a commercial and artistic hit for Argo with ‘Music for trumpet and cornetto’, a collection which ventured into little-known pre-Baroque territory and presented the uniquely rounded sonority of the cornet, the trumpet’s forebear, for the first time on record. The soloist was the American Don Smithers, who had only begun to learn the trumpet a decade previously but rapidly made an international reputation as a trumpeter of astonishing security and virtuosity, especially in the early-music repertoire.
Handel, George Frideric: Samson: Awake the trumpet's lofty sound
Mouret, Jean-Joseph: Symfonies de Fanfare
Buxtehude, Dietrich: Ihr lieben Christen, freut euch nun BuxWV 51
Buxtehude, Dietrich: Ciacona in E minor, BuxWV160
Bach, Johann Sebastian: Cantata BWV147 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben': Jesu, bleibet meine Freude
Bach, Johann Sebastian: Cantata BWV69 'Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele'
Bach, Johann Sebastian: Cantata BWV130 'Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir': Darum wir billing loben dich
Bach, Johann Sebastian: Cantata BWV41 'Jesu, nun sei gepreiset': Dein ist allein die Ehre
Charpentier, Gustav: Marche de Triomphe
Scarlatti, Alessandro: Toccata
Handel, George Frideric: Keyboard Suite, HWV 430 in E major 'The Harmonious Blacksmith': Air & Variations
Purcell, Henry: Trumpet Voluntary
Purcell, Henry: Sound the trumpet, beat the drum, Z335
Handel, George Frideric: Trio Sonata, HWV397 in D major, Op. 5 No. 2
Bach, Johann Sebastian: Cantata BWV31 'Der Himmel lacht, die Erde jubilieret': Sonata
Handel, George Fridericl: Judas Maccabaeus: See, the conqu'ring hero comes!
Telemann, Georg Philipp: Concerto in D major for three trumpets, two oboes, strings and continuo
Vivaldi, Antonio: Concerto for 2 Trumpets, Strings & Continuo in C major, RV 537
Franceschini, Petronio: Sonata in D major for two trumpets
Albinoni, Tomaso: Trumpet Concerto, Op. 7 No. 6
Rathgeber, Johan Valentin: Concerto in E flat major Op. 6 Nr. 15 for 2 Trumpets, 2 Violins and Continuo
Telemann, Georg Philipp: Concerto in B flat for Three Trumpets and Orchestra
Grossi, Andrea: Sonata à 5 No. 11 in D major for trumpet, strings and continuo
Buonamente, Giovanni Battista: Sonata quarta
Coprario, John: Suite C-Dur
Frescobaldi, Girolamo: Canzona terza for organ
Corelli, Arcangelo: Sonata a quattro in D for Trumpet, Strings and Continuo, WoO 4
Cazzati, Maurizio: Trumpet Sonata in C major, Op. 35 No. 11 'La bianchina'
Buonamente, Giovanni Battista: Sonata quinta sopra 'Poi che noi rimena' from 'Il quarto libro de varie sonate'
Viviani, Giovanni Buonaventura: Sonata Prima per Trombetta sola
Hingeston, John: Fantasia
Viviani, Giovanni Buonaventura: Sonata Seconda