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|Georg Philipp Telemann, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, John Constable|
Telemann: Trumpet Concertos
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An embarrassment of riches
E. Koehler | USA | 02/23/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of my favorite Hardenberger recordings, and it's not hard to see why. His flawless intonation and beautiful sound are outstanding, but they are nothing compared to his dazzling technique and sensitive artistry. His performance of the first movement (Grave) of the famous Concerto in D (not the one with two oboes) is an object lesson in the art of musicianship. Hardenberger manipulates his golden tone within a kaleidescope of colors that has no limit in range or volume. His seductive soft playing and stylish ornamentation will make you swoon with delight. Best of all, his tasteful interpretations are appropriately Baroque and display a thorough knowledge of historic performance practice, especially in the tempi he chooses. The fast movements dance and the slow movements glide in a manner that betrays the French influences and operatic heritage of Telemann's music. Iona Brown and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields lend spirited support throughout. This is an absolutely fabulous disc! I'd give it ten stars if I could."
The Best Trumpeter in the Business
David A. Kemp | Plano, TX USA | 05/19/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's a rare treat for a reviewer when he can throw caution to the winds and go out on a limb for a musician. This is such an occasion for me. Hakan Hardenberger is a phenomenon. He is the Babe Ruth, the Wayne Gretzky, the Michael Jordan, the Vladimir Horowitz, the Jascha Heifetz of trumpet players. This is the Swedish trumpeter's second recording, made in 1987 when he was only 26 years old (in the cover photo he looks quite boyish). The first time I heard him play, my jaw dropped and I could hardly believe my ears. His playing was a revelation--absolutely stunning. I'd never heard trumpet playing to compare with it. In my opinion, with his first two CDs young Hardenberger not only moved into the top rank of trumpeters; he swept right past his competitors to the head of the class. I've compared a number of his baroque concerto performances, here and elsewhere, with those of other famous trumpeters, and he always comes out on top. I believe him to be in a league of his own. He has everything: virtuosity and technique to burn, dead-on intonation, clean trills, smooth legato, expressive shading, beauty of tone, brilliant high notes, enormous dynamic range. He is also a sound musician, with taste and a sense of style. His arsenal is complete and unassailable; there is no chink in his armor. While the star here is clearly Hardenberger, the ASMF under Brown provides exemplary support, and of the five concertos included here, several are concerted works: one uses three trumpets, one uses two trumpets, and three use two oboes. The trumpet has always been a difficult instrument to record and reproduce accurately. Here, although the excellent digital recording presents Hardenberger very much front and center, it captures the timbre, "bite," and wide dynamic range of his trumpet with exceptional vividness and fidelity. On a top-quality playback system, he sounds like he's standing right between the speakers playing for you. The only complaints one could make are (1) that this CD runs only 54:00--rather short measure by today's standards, and (2) that the enclosed booklet unfortunately contains no information about Hardenberger. But it's ungenerous to quibble in the face of playing like this. Not to be missed.Long live the king!"
A typically excellent Hardenberger CD
Robert Vreugde | Houston, TX. | 01/01/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"One of the first CD's I purchased when I began exploring the world of "classical" music aprox 12 years ago. It was stuff like this that got me hooked.
I can't add a lot to the previous reviews except to say that this is a strong, bright recording of some generally cheerful, upbeat baroque concertos. Hardenberger's playing is tight, precise and yet never mechanical. I have a lot of trumpet concertos featuring a variety of soloists - no one is any better than Hakan - and many do not have the fluid yet concise playing of this soloist.
Anyway, I totally recommend this and any of Hardenberger's recordings."