Trumpet Concertos

Tidy but uninspired performances of mostly pedestrian music

Record and Artist Details

Composer or Director: Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Georg Philipp Telemann, Anonymous, Jan Dismas Zelenka, Francesco Onofrio Manfredini, Johann Joachim Quantz

Genre:

Orchestral

Label: Berlin Classics

Media Format: CD or Download

Mastering:

DDD

Catalogue Number: 0017392BC

Tracks:

Composition Artist Credit
Sonata a 5 Virtuosi Saxoniae
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer Composer
Ludwig Güttler
Concerto for 3 Trumpets, 2 Oboes, Timpani and Stri Ludwig Güttler
Virtuosi Saxoniae
Georg Philipp Telemann Composer
Concerto for Horn and Orchestra Virtuosi Saxoniae
Ludwig Güttler
Anonymous Composer
Capriccio III Ludwig Güttler
Jan Dismas Zelenka Composer
Virtuosi Saxoniae
Concerto for 2 Trumpets and Strings Ludwig Güttler
Virtuosi Saxoniae
Francesco Onofrio Manfredini Composer
Concerto for Horn and Orchestra Virtuosi Saxoniae
Ludwig Güttler
Johann Joachim Quantz Composer
Ludwig Güttler (b1943) has established a reputation in Germany for his thrillingly focused piccolo trumpet sound‚ not least in his significant contribution to several major Bach productions – notably under Peter Schreier. This latest disc is‚ frankly‚ a disappointment. The playing is nothing less than steadily accomplished‚ both in the trumpet concertos and works in which he performs on a corno da caccia (Zelenka‚ Quantz and good old Anon) although one wearies of Güttler’s fast vibrato and uniform articulation. He is not helped by the consistent mediocrity of the repertoire he has chosenÊ–Êwith the exception of the Triple Trumpet Concerto by Telemann‚ the odd movement from the Zelenka and the charming sarabande­inspired adagio from the Quantz. To make matters worse‚ Virtuosi Saxoniae give no quarter to the type of textural and gestural characteristics which can lift works like the Schmelzer Sonata off the page. Schmelzer indeed requires a fundamental engagement with the colours of the mid­Baroque Central European aesthetic; this so much more easily achieved on period instruments than with the luxuriantly outmoded string playing and vulgar mordents from Güttler. To hear such music (and from Schmelzer’s younger colleague Biber) sparkle with courtly nuance and refinement‚ Philip Pickett and his New London Consort have most of the answers. For the impressive Telemann Concerto look no further than Christopher Hogwood’s fine performance with Friedemann Immer (who himself has recorded a version with three trumpetsand organ). Never less than tidy‚ efficient and business­like‚ this new discÊ–Êdespite a warm glow to the slow movements with corno da caccia – rarely offers much more. Approach with caution.

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