Baroque Music for Trumpets
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But I find the Telemann in B-flat Major a delightful performance. This was written to be played up and with, not just played, and he does a joyous job. As he does in the Biber (a composer I enjoy greatly, usually for somber string pieces--quite a change). The snap and crisp tone works well, making a charming performance of charming tunes.
But his Vivaldi does not sing, Haydn is a mechanical piece boringly played, and the Pachelbel, a piece that is famously dull requiring exceptional playing to come alive, does not. Tedium.
The ad hominem attacks in these reviews are irrelevant. Can he play? Yes. Does he KNOW Baroque? Well, he has one opinion, but Leppard is no slouch. His recordings of Baroque music were some of my favorite LPs. Sometimes this works, sometimes it does not, and with this CD, you get some of both.
Or at least that's what I think!
The trumpet playing is clean, crisp, and MUSICAL - despite the bellyachings of other reviewers. The incredible accomplishment of having Marsalis lay down anywhere from two to EIGHT discrete trumpet tracks and have them blended in the recording process is amazing. You cannot help me impressed by reading the liner notes about exactly how this was done. For the first take, the orchestra, conductor, and Marsalis performed the ensemble playing at St. Barnabas Church in North London. Several months later, Marsalis, Raymond Leppard, the conductor, and the recording engineer and producer went back with recording gear, headphones, and a determination to lay the rest of the tracks down synchronously. In the case of the Biber concerto for eight trumpets, this involved recording seven additional different trumpet parts precisely, requiring Marsalis to actually play ahead of where he should be so the sound lag in the large church would coordinate appropriately with the recording. It should be noted that this didn't start out to be a recording "stunt" but ended up with the idea of Marsalis playing all the parts because of lack of ability to coordinate schedules with other contemplated soloists.
The result is fabulous. In contrast to the other reviewers who panned this recording, I must comment that there IS shading, there ARE crescendos and decrescendos - there is even rubato.
The sound is clean and crisp. All in all - a musical and recording triumph. Buy it!!!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another Bravo performance by Wynton Marsalis!!!!! Super CD, and totally enjoyable.Published 5 months ago by A. T. Ficke
What can I say other than, perfection, utter perfection! Every note, every phrasing, every harmony - spot on, crystal clear. Stunning, amazing. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Randy Overholt
I have listened to dozens of versions and performances of the Vivaldi "Concerto for Two Trumpets" over the years, but none can compare with the performance done by Wynton Marsalis... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Nyssa
This guy is amazing. What a fantastic artist. This is not the music that I put on at bedtime. But I will crank it up during the day and hope my neighbors don't complain. Read morePublished on October 2, 2013 by Jay Rodriguez
Superb! Excelsior! Extraordinary! Post-Apocalyptic!
This is wonderful baroque brass. There's all the order of the late baroque (early classical) composition, and all the... Read more
Wynton Marsalis is easily the greatest trumpet player of our time, and most other times. His work on this CD proves this.Published on October 2, 2011 by bluesman
This is an outstanding album in every respect. From the playing to the recording quality, even the totally cool cover. This is one of Wynton Marsalis' better records. Read morePublished on January 2, 2011 by Pete
I'm a trumpet student at the Boston Conservatory, I own two versions maurice andre recorded of the vivaldi, and overall i have to say wynton's phrasing is always better. Read morePublished on May 12, 2007 by S. Mills
this is great stuff. Wynton Marsalis plays multiple trumpet parts in these pieces. In one, he plays 8 different parts!Published on January 9, 2007 by Leslie E. Anderson