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Cat. No. CHAN 10700 Price: ú10.5 No. of discs: 1
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CHAN 10700 - Trumpet Concertos: apres le nuitů Philippe Schartz
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Available From: 15 October 2011
Trumpet Concertos: apres le nuitů Philippe Schartz

The trumpet is the undisputed star of this album, which combines rarities in the repertoire with some well-known trumpet concertos. The works are performed by Philippe Schartz, one of the most exciting trumpeters today. A winner of numerous prizes and awards, he has developed a highly successful career as an orchestral and a chamber musician as well as a soloist. On this disc, he is accompanied by the Solistes Européens, Luxembourg under their Musical Director and Principal Conductor, Christoph König. 
 
Roland Wiltgen wrote the Concerto for Trumpet and Strings après la nuit… for Philippe Schartz in 2010.
Commissioned by the Solistes Européens, Luxembourg, the work was premiered by that ensemble under Christoph König at this year’s Echternach International Festival in Luxembourg.  In the words of Wiltgen himself, ‘the listener might imagine a sleeper dreaming of the following day… beginning calmly, then getting more and more hectic, before slowing down and preparing for another night of dreams’.
 
The exclusive Chandos artist Karen Geoghegan plays the solo bassoon part in Hindemith’s Concerto for Trumpet and Bassoon – this album will follow her recording ‘Fantasies for Bassoon’, to be released in October 2011. The concerto showcases Hindemith’s expert knowledge of the character and capabilities of each instrument.
 
The Armenian composer Alexander Arutiunian is well-known to trumpeters for his Trumpet Concerto with large orchestra of 1950, which is recorded by Philippe Schartz on CHAN 10562. The tuneful Elegy for Trumpet and Strings, recorded here, followed in 2000, commissioned by Thomas Stevens, the principal trumpeter of the Los Angeles Philharmonic until 1999, and Doc Severinson, legendary trumpeter and bandleader. 
 

Reviews

“...The Concertino by French composer Andre Jolivet is the most standard piece here in terms of trumpet repertoire. Schartz gives an electrifying performance of the flashy and heroic one-movement work ... Roland Wiltgen composed Apres la Nuit in 2010 for Philippe Schartz and the Solistes Européens... It is set in three parts that are played without pause on trumpet and flugelhorn. Schartz plays with assurance and panache ... The Chandos sound, as always, is impeccable.”
Buerkle – American Record Guide  - March/April 2012


"...These performances are engagingly fresh and spontaneous and the audio engineering is fully up to the uncompromisingly high standards maintained by this label... this is an interesting and enterprising release, very skilfully played and also superbly recorded. With informative supporting documentation as well, this should have a strong appeal for specialist brass enthusiasts."
Michael Jameson - International Record Review - March 2012

         Performance *****      Programme *****      Recording *****      Presentation *****
Rodney Newton – Brass Band World magazine – February 2012


"...Hindemith’s Concerto for trumpet and bassoon has long deserved a persuasive performance ... Schartz and Karen Goeghegan relish the neo-clasical delicacy and wit which lurk beneath the ruddy surface; the former’s alert and controlled placement of unusually introverted trumpet-writing (none of the Mit Kraft of the Trumpet Sonata) beautifully matches the ripe and kaleidoscopic bassoon playing..."
Jonathan Freeman-Attwood - Gramophone - January 2012

"This fine disc offers a diverse collection of 20th century and 21st century trumpet concertos. They’re modestly accompanied by string orchestra and in a some cases by an additional instrument. Philippe Schartz maintains a lyrical focus throughout... The recorded sound is demonstration-worthy with enchanting performances."

Karim Elmahmoudi - www.musicweb-international.com - 12 January 2012
 

                  ’Supersonic’ Pizzicato
"...on this CD, Philippe Schartz demonstrated once again that he is a musician for whom making music is more than a job..."
Remy Franck - Pizzicato magazine - January 2012
 
 
 
 

 

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