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Fresco on the staircase of Kimbolton Castle, Huntingdon by Giovanni Antonio Pellegrini (1675-1741)
Reproduced by kind permission of the Governors of Kimbolton School
Track(s) taken from CDH55258
Recording details: May 1995
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: February 1996
Total duration: 14 minutes 20 seconds

'Universally full of spirit and charm … both trumpeters are on fine form, sounding effortlessly relaxed and beautifully matched, with an enticing sweetness of tone. Recommended' (Gramophone)

'A thoughtfully planned disc with plenty of variety … expertly directed and stylishly played, this well-filled disc is highly recommended' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Had the English Orpheus been a trumpeter, this is how he might have played' (Early Music Review)

'Holman, of course, is now a past master with this kind of repertoire and the performances of all this music are outstanding, unaffected rhythmically, intensely alive and with alert and responsive playing that is as bright and refreshing as the music itself. Excellent recording. Strongly recommended' (Fanfare, USA)

'C'est un disque joyeux' (Répertoire, France)

'Laird et Bennett sont familiers de ce répertoire et nous enchantent par leur facilité, leur sens des effets, leur opulence sonore' (Diapason, France)

Suite in D major
composer
Six Sonatas with an Overture and Aires in 4 Parts for a Trumpet, Violin's and Hautboys, Flute de Allmain, Bassoons or Harpsichord, Op 3, c1708

Air  [1'26]
Saraband  [2'51]
Air  [0'48]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
William Corbett’s fine extended suite for two trumpets and strings may have been written for a play or for some ceremonial occasion, though it was published in a collection of trumpet sonatas without any indication of what the occasion might have been. Corbett, a London violinist, wrote a good deal of trumpet music in the English post-Purcell idiom, though in later life he settled in Italy, supposedly sent there by the British government to spy on the activities of the Old Pretender.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1995

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