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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: 6 minutes 13 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)

Sonata for trumpet, violin and oboe in C major
British Library Add.MS 49599

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
There are connections between the King Arthur symphony of Purcell and Gottfried Finger’s Sonata in C major for trumpet, violin, oboe and continuo; not only are they scored apparently for the same combination, but the symphony and the first section of the sonata are based on similar themes. Finger came to England from his native Moravia around 1685 and served in James II’s Catholic chapel before working in London’s theatres and concert halls in the 1690s; he supposedly left England in 1701 in disgust after coming last in the competition to set Congreve’s The Judgement of Paris. Finger’s three C major sonatas survive in an early eighteenth-century manuscript collection of trumpet sonatas and other instrumental works in the British Library and may have been written to be performed during services in the Catholic chapel. They all use the ‘patchwork’ design beloved by Austrian composers (in which a number of contrasted sections are woven into a single large movement), and they have a number of witty moments. The moto perpetuo last section of the Sonata for trumpet, violin and oboe, with its surprise last chord, is particularly delightful.

from notes by Peter Holman © 1995

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