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CHAN 10562 - Philippe Schartz / BBCNOW / Jac van Steen - Trumpet Renaissance
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Available From: 01 November 2009
Birtwistle’s 1987 score energetic Endless Parade was composed following an encounter with a festive parade in the medieval Italian town of Lucca, and the various aural perspectives afforded by meeting the jostling procession at different junctures. Critic Rian Evans writes, ‘the exquisite poise that Birtwistle achieves was certainly realised... with Schartz’s brilliant playing rivalling that of its first executor, Hardenberger.’

In stark contrast Pietà by German composer Christian Jost emphasizes the different sound qualities of the trumpet. This is a strong link and stunning lament to the style of the late jazz trumpeter Chet Baker, and the work is dedicated to him. The 1938 Concerto Grosso No.1 by Kurt Roger is one of the earliest twentieth-century concertos, and a gem for the original trumpet repertoire. Both works receive their premiere recording. Concerto, by Aleksandr Arutiuinian, completes the programme, and is the most famous of all the music recorded. Schartz had the opportunity to study the concerto with Dokshitzer, who gave the first performance of ‘this wonderfully energetic and charismatic jewel of a trumpet concerto. It is the perfect showcase for my instrument and the music displays lyrical and technical prowess.’ Philippe Schartz

Philippe Schartz is accompanied by his own orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, under one of Netherland’s most active and energetic conductors, Jac van Steen.

“…what makes this reading especially good is that Jac van Steen gets his BBC musicians to match Schartz’s energy. The quiet sections are ethereal. Crystal-clear sound.
Barry Kilpatrick

American Record Guide - March/April 2010

“...Trumpet Renaissance” proves a fascinating collection of styles and approaches to writing for the instrument, as well as being extremely well played and recorded."

Ben Hogwood


“Birtwistle’s challenging score is the star of this trumpet showcase.”
Arnold Whittall


Gramophone - March 2010

“…the recording has the full-bodied sound you’d expect from Chandos. …this is a fine showcase for Philippe Schartz’s playing.”
Mark Pullinger

International Record Review - January 2010

“…This sounds like an orchestra and soloist who are genuinely enjoying themselves. …This is a recording of quality, musically conceived and performed with assurance and flair.”
Kevin Price

The Brass Herald - December 2009


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