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Track(s) taken from CKD242

Sonata No 2, Op 87a

composer
1930

Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (trumpet), John Wallace (trumpet), Colm Carey (organ)
Recording details: September 2003
Hereford Cathedral, United Kingdom
Produced by Philip Hobbs
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: June 2004
Total duration: 12 minutes 58 seconds
 
1
Introduction  [2'25]
2
Toccata  [3'33]
3
Fugue  [3'24]
4
Coda  [3'36]

Reviews

'Originally conceived for brass band, Elgar's Severn Suite of 1931 already exists in at least two alternative arrangements for symphony orchestra and solo organ. Now Colm Carey's reworking for two E flat trumpets and organ presents us with a supremely effective third option of which, one suspects, the composer himself would have approved. There's firm enjoyment to be had, too, in the three movements from Strauss's Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme suite … However, the real find here has to be the Rheinberger Suite in C minor, a substantial, 37-minute work from 1887, originally scored for the unusual (unique?) combination of violin, cello and organ (Carey's instrumentation replaces the first two with a piccolo trumpet and B flat trumpet) … this diverting tryptich is by no means only for brass and/or organ aficionados and merits the heartiest of welcomes' (Gramophone)» More

'Colm Carey has done the repertoire-deprived trumpet world a huge service. Virtuoso trumpeters Jonathan Freeman-Attwod and John Wallace join him in Hereford Cathedral for his trumpet duet arrangements of Rheinberger's richly contrapuntal violin and cello sonata, movements from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, and a reworking of Elgar's Organ Sonata No 2 which evokes the spirit of the Severn Suite. The quality of the solo playing is spell-binding; Carey is assiduous in allowing the trumpets to blossom and blaze in the rich, nutritious loam of Hereford's IV/67 Willis/Harrison organ' (Choir & Organ)» More

'Under the title The Trumpets That Time Forgot, the enterprising Linn label fills Hereford Cathedral with late Romantic music originally written for other instruments: Joseph Rheinberger's suite for violin, cello and organ, Strauss's Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme and Elgar's second organ sonata (once his Severn Suite for brass band). The result is a vivid blend of Gothic splendour and pin-dropping intimacy, as these outstanding players explore a wide dynamic range of lively dialogue and solo lyricism in virtuoso style' (The Observer)

'The fact that none of the three works here started out life as we hear them on this CD matters not a whit, for they all succeed splendidly in their new cladding … the effectiveness of Wallace's and Freeman-Attwood's version might well have convinced [Elgar] as much as it has me … the playing of all three gentlemen is absolutely assured, and the recording, and SACD/CD hybrid, made in the spacious acoustic of Hereford Cathedral, is of demonstration quality' (International Record Review)» More
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