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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67266
Recording details: January 2001
Blackheath Concert Halls, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Ben Turner
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: September 2001
Total duration: 9 minutes 48 seconds

'A pioneering and generous enterprise deserving plaudits galore' (Gramophone)

'The stylish and spirited playing soon engages 21st-century ears' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Much of the repertoire on this release has been explored before, but few have distinguished themselves as well as Crispian Steele-Perkins. The performances are top-notch' (Fanfare, USA)

Trumpet Concerto in D

Adagio  [4'45]
Allegro moderato  [5'03]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Leopold Mozart (1719–1787), father and mentor of Wolfgang Amadeus, is famous in his own right as a composer and, in particular, as the author of an important treatise on violin playing. Leopold too was in the service of the Archbishop of Salzburg. He was not only a good violinist but apparently also able to play the trumpet—whether in a militaristic or an artistic capacity we do not know. The story is related that he frightened his six-year-old son by playing the trumpet near him; this would have been in 1762, the year when he composed this concerto—could he have alarmed his son whilst trying out the piece for himself?

The two movements, scored for solo trumpet, two horns, strings and continuo harpsichord, are taken from a more extensive Divertimento. The first movement is as fine a demonstration of the lyrical qualities of the ‘natural’ (valveless, keyless and slideless) trumpet as any in the repertoire. In the second movement the strings, horns and soloist compete, throwing the rustic, outdoor theme between each other.

from notes by H C Robbins Landon & Crispian Steele-Perkins © 2001

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