Baroque Trumpet Concertos

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Baroque Trumpet Concertos

(Hertel, Haydn, Richter, Tartini)

Marek Zvolanek--trumpet, New Prague Collegium. Production: not stated.

Text: Eng. Recorded: 11/2002, Prague.

Released: 2005. TT: 45: 45. DDD. 1 CD Cube-Bohemia CBCD 2529.

I have written reviews of recordings by many trumpet players, but objectively I have to admit that listening to Marek Zvolanek's CD I find that it reveals two basic features that surpass the now usual and sometimes self-indulgent technical mastery typical of the field these days. These features are on the one hand the soloist's enormous musicality and brilliant feeling for melody (evident mainly in the cantilena of the slow movements) and on the other the outstanding sound and phrasing of the accompanying orchestra (enhancing the sense of excitement in the fast movements). The most important motto of the recording is naturalness, in tempos, in rhythm, in expression and musical thought. The music flows with exceptional lightness and ease, as if it were part of everything around it. This all creates almost perfect scenery for an exceptional listening experience, which is something rare even in the international context especially in terms of the depth of musical expression of all the musicians involved, who are clearly entirely at home in the world of the arching of Classicist melodies, rhythmic pulsation and dynamics. I'm talking of Classicist melodies, for the first three composers have almost nothing in common with Baroque. They lived in a time of great transformations of style, in which the musical idiom of the first Vienna school prevailed (headed by Georg Chr. …