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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67359
Recording details: July 2002
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: March 2003
Total duration: 5 minutes 29 seconds

'beautifully lyrical trumpet-playing' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Fascinating … Crispian Steele-Perkins and Alison Balsom play with an assured virtuosity' (The Daily Telegraph)

'It comes as no surprise to have a well researched, well presented and beautifully played issue from this team of artists and recording company. The trumpeters, representing the pioneering and the newest generations of players, are well matched and sparkling in their duets and share the solo works equally. It scarcely needs it, but this gets the warmest of recommendations' (Early Music Review)

'Soloists Crispian Steele-Perkins and Alison Balsam play with utmost delicacy and control' (Early Music Today)

'exemplary performances … The disc as a whole is not only extremely enjoyable in its own right, but is of value for illuminating a major development in the history of instrumental music' (Goldberg)

'Steele-Perkins and Balsom play throughout this recording as robustly and as sensitively as one could wish … Buy this disc' (Early Music)

Sonata a 5 in D major, Op 3 No 10
composer

Vivace  [1'11]
Adagio  [2'06]
Grave  [0'59]
Presto  [1'13]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
An early trumpet work is the sonata by Andrea Grossi, published in his Op 3 of 1682. It has a some archaic features—for instance, the trumpet tends to alternate rather than combine with the upper strings—though the central adagio, featuring the trumpet in an expressive rather than virtuosic role, is unusual for the time. Little is known about Grossi, though he is known to have been a violinist in the service of the Duke of Mantua around 1680.

from notes by Peter Holman © 2003

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