Collection: The Art of the Baroque Trumpet, Vol. 1

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COMPOSERS: Fasch,Handel,Purcell,Telemann,Torelli
LABELS: Naxos
WORKS: Suite in D (Water Music)
PERFORMER: Niklas Eklund (trumpet) Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble/Nils-Erik Sparf
CATALOGUE NO: 8.553531

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Although presenting a selection of the best-known works from the Baroque trumpet repertoire, the initial release in this welcome new Naxos series includes two ‘firsts’: the concertos by Molter and Fasch receive their premiere recordings on the natural trumpet. Paradoxically, the disc may appeal to those unimpressed by period-instrument performances, since the golden-voiced trumpet of Niklas Eklund sounds more akin to a modern piccolo trumpet than its forebear.

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The recording balance makes the soloist rather too dominant. Together with insufficient variety of nuance and articulation, this makes for somewhat leaden and unsophisticated accounts. Still, a good introduction to the repertoire, especially at bargain price. Deborah Calland