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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: 10 minutes 19 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 C major
composer

Allegro  [3'14]
Vivace  [2'22]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
It is normally thought that the first trumpet sonatas were written in Bologna. The earliest printed trumpet sonatas were certainly published in 1665 by Maurizio Cazzati, maestro di capella at San Petronio in Bologna between 1657 and 1671, and the archives at San Petronio contain a large repertory of sonatas, sinfonias and concertos with trumpets. However, there are trumpet sonatas surviving in manuscripts in northern European libraries that may be just as early or even earlier. A case in point is the sonata by the Roman composer and singer Alessandro Melani. It is found in manuscript at Uppsala in Sweden, probably copied in the 1680s or ’90s though a shorter version for a single trumpet in an Oxford manuscript may go back to the middle of the century. The piece is in an early style and is in C major rather than D major, the standard key for later Italian trumpet music. The piece is also unusual in that the violin parts are in scordatura (using violins tuned b-e'-b'-e'' instead of g-d'-a'-e''). It is not clear whether that was part of Melani’s original conception, though it certainly creates an unusual and attractive sonority.

from notes by Peter Holman © 2003

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