Toretti, Franceschini, Jacchini, Domenico Gabrietti

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COMPOSERS: Domenico Gabrietti,Franceschini,Jacchini,Toretti
LABELS: Teldec Das Alte Werk
ALBUM TITLE: Collection: Baroque Music of Bologna
WORKS: Trumpet Sonatas and Concertos by Toretti, Franceschini, Jacchini, Domenico Gabrietti
PERFORMER: David Staff, Mark Bennett (Baroque trumpets)St James’s Baroque Players/Ivor Bolton
CATALOGUE NO: 4509-91192-2 DDD
Sought after internationally, the Baroque trumpeters David Staff and Mark Bennett virtually guarantee the success of this disc. A pity, then, that their names (and instruments) are missing from the cover, probably ensuring its absence from the brass category in record stores.

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Almost any collection of Baroque music from Bologna is bound to feature items for trumpet and/or cello: both instruments flourished at the Accademia Filarmonica established there in the mid-17th century. And perhaps predictably, any disc devoted to a single school or style tends to become samey. This one is no exception: better to sample in a couple of sittings. Careful listening is, however, rewarded. Notice the remarkable work by Franceschini – the trumpets are used in both the slow movements (contrary to tradition), and even, extraordinarily, in minor-key passages.

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The trumpet-playing throughout is outstanding: well balanced, in tune, stylish. It’s an ideal opportunity to hear this music in its full orchestral splendour, rather than in the usual reductions for trumpet and organ. Deborah Calland