Sound the Trumpet
Music by Henry Purcell and his followers
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Until the middle of the seventeenth century the trumpet was essentially a fanfare instrument, used in armies and at courts to invest ceremonial with grandeur. The earliest English truly 'composed' works for trumpet all come from odes and stage works, though they were often detached from their parent works to be performed separately—the practice followed here, in works by composers ranging from familiar names Purcell and Croft to the Moravian immigrant Gottfried Finger and William Corbett (last heard of in Italy, apparently as a spy for the British government).

The disc reveals the mastery of eleven works (with one, two or three soloists and varying accompaniment) by seven highly individual composers.

CDH55258  69 minutes 3 seconds
‘Universally full of spirit and charm … both trumpeters are on fine form, sounding effortlessly relaxed and beautifully matched, with an enticing sweetness of tone. Recommended’ (Gramophone)
‘A thoughtfully planned disc with plenty of variety … expertly directed and stylishly played, this well-filled disc is highly recommended’ (BBC Music Magazine)
‘Had the English Orpheus been a trumpeter, this is how he might have played’ (Early Music Review)