Magazine article Gramophone

'The Neo-Classical Trumpet'

Magazine article Gramophone

'The Neo-Classical Trumpet'

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'The Neo-Classical Trumpet' Faure Masques et bergamasques, Op 112 W Leigh A Midsummer Night's Dream--Suite Martinu Sonatina, H357 Respighi The Birds Stenhammar The Song, Op 44--Interlude Stravinsky Pulcinella Suite Jonathan Freeman-Attwood tpt Daniel-Ben Pienaar pf Linn [F] CKD448 (66' * DDD)

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As exciting album titles go--'Hot Rats', 'The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady' or 'The Kinks Kontroversy'--'The NeoClassical Trumpet' hardly charts; the playing, though, is very rock'n'roll. Trumpeter (and Gramophone contributor) Jonathan Freeman-Attwood and pianist Daniel-Ben Pienaar have form when it comes to reimagining music from the past for their duo. As Freeman-Attwood explains, their earlier disc 'Romantic Trumpet Sonatas' (6/11) began by posing the question: what music might Mendelssohn, Schumann et al have written had ocean-going Steinway grands and modern chromatic trumpets been available to them? This new album pursues that same question into the early 20th century.

The centrepiece of 'The Neo-Classical Trumpet' is a devilishly astute reworking of Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite, a piece I can normally take or leave, which now I can hear through fresh ears. …

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