Catalogue number: 5099944032920
In the year of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee, Alison Balsom celebrates the heroic era of the Baroque trumpet in works by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) and Henry Purcell (1658 or 1659-1695), whose anthems, odes, sinfonias and operas have provided the music for numerous royal celebrations from their own day to the present.
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Catalogue # 5099908423023
Emmanuel Pahud performs music written for and by the gifted flautist, composer and patron of the arts, King Frederick the Great of Prussia. The release features concerti, solo sonatas and chamber works by J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Johann Joachim Quantz, Franz Benda, Johann Friedrich Agricola, Anna Amalia von Preussen and Frederick the Great. Joining Pahud are the period instrument ensemble Kammerakademie Potsdam and renowned harpsichordist Trevor Pinnock. The Flute King anticipates the 300th anniversary, in January 2012, of the birth of an enlightened monarch whose love of music changed the musical scene in continental Europe.
This is a recent release by Regis Records consisting of repertoire previously released on CRD titles. The repertoire is Arne: Sonata no. 6 in G major, M Greene: Overture in D major, Handel: Suite in E major HWV430 'The Harmonius Blacksmith', Rameau: Pièces des Clavecin en concerts and D Scarlatti: Sonatas K124 in G major, K87 in B minor, K46 in E major, K490 in D major, K491 in D major K492 in Dmajor.
Trevor Pinnock, is one of the pioneering figures in historically informed performance, having founded the English Concert in 1972.
When The Independent reported on a harpsichord recital by Pinnock at Wigmore Hall in 2005, the reviewer judged that “he has lost none of his finesse, while expanding his musical range.”
This programme spans the Baroque and Classical periods and features suites and sonatas by Purcell, Haydn and Handel.
Some years ago, Pinnock made a studio recording of Handel suites. The reaction from Gramophone Magazine hints at the pleasures in store on this new disc from Wigmore Hall Live: “Once in a while a reviewer receives a record that strikes him as being so exactly right that, without switching off his critical faculties, he finds himself just sitting back and enjoying it. In an ideal world this would doubtless always be so; but I must thank Trevor Pinnock … for this particular contribution to my personal Utopia.
Emmanuel Pahud follows his release of newly composed concertos with a programme comprising the complete flute sonatas of Johann Sebastian Bach. With the juxtaposition of these two releases, Pahud, one of today’s most exciting and adventurous musicians, demonstrates his mastery of and sympathy for music composed nearly three centuries apart.
"Pahud is an artist's artist: stylish and occasionally flashy in his interpretations but never allowing the predominance of virtuosity at the expense of rock-solid musical judgement. His tone is wonderfully fluent and fluid, not to mention adaptable to the mood of the moment." Fanfare
Trevor Pinnock first recorded the Brandenburg Concertos some twenty-five years ago. This new recording is a product of Mr. Pinnock’s deep fascination with Bach’s ground-breaking concertos and in the working process and interaction of musicians in ensemble. Eager to cut through any narrow conceptions of period style, players from different countries and of different generations were invited to join this new voyage of exploration. In the early eighteenth century there was no fixed concept of the orchestra; these pieces could be performed on single instruments to a part or with parts doubled. This fine recording demonstrates a variety of approaches.
Trevor Pinnock is one of the most distinguished musicians of our time, an artist whose groundbreaking approach to baroque music has resulted in some of the best-selling recordings of the 20th century. Jonathan Manson is one of the most celebrated period instrument practioners of the new generation, a member of the award-winning viol quartet Phantasm and principle cellist of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. Put these two musicians together to perform the music of J.S. Bach, and the results are simply spellbinding.
Trevor Pinnock appeared on Avie catalogue number 0001 (conducting the English Concert in Handel’s opera Tamerlano). Here he appears as solo harpsichordist, a role for which he has won world-wide acclaim and a Gramophone Award. The centrepiece of Trevor’s new recording is Rameau’s rondeau Les Cyclopes, rather oddly named for the mythical man-eating beast but perhaps aptly employing all the delightful compositional eccentricities of the French composer. Rounding out the CD are two extensive suites.
The exceptional instrument heard here is the Jean Goermans / Pascal Taskin harpsichord (Paris 1763, 1783/84) from the Raymond Russell collection of early keyboard instruments at St. Cecilia’s Hall Museum of Instruments, University of Edinburgh.