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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: 6 minutes 1 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)

Il barcheggio
composer
1681

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Alessandro Stradella was an important early composer of trumpet music. Like Melani, he worked in Rome for much of his career, though by 1681, when he wrote the wedding cantata Il barcheggio, he was living in Genoa; he was murdered in a Genoese street the following February and Il barcheggio is said to have been his last work. Its self-contained sinfonia sounds remarkably modern, partly because it uses a bright scoring with three equal treble parts, and partly because it has a clear four-movement structure, with logical harmonic patterns.

from notes by Peter Holman © 2003

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