28. Sep

“Trumpet Concertos Telemann”: Listen to the album now

Given the occasion of the 250th anniversary of the death of Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), Matthias Höfs, together with the German Chamber Philharmonics Bremen, releases his album “Trumpet Concertos Telemann”. Doing so, he wants to honor the extraordinary baroque composer and “Director Musices” who in his almost 50 year long term led the music city Hamburg to world fame.

“Trumpet Concertos Telemann” unites three concertos and three sonatas

The record includes two trumpet concertos as well as a third concerto with trumpet-contribution. On the other hand it contains a sonata with solo-trumpet and transcriptions of two sonatas that were originally written for other instruments. Two movements, Concerto No. 1 in d-major II Allegro and the Sonata in b-minor VI Presto are now available before the release of the whole album.

Concerto No. 1 in d-major Allegro: Virtuously designed

The first movement (Adagio) of the Trumpet concerto in d-major (TWV 51:D7) consists of a cantabile trumpet-melody over a harmonic string accompaniment; close to the beginning and in the end the melody reaches the “high c”. The second and especially the fourth movement (both Allegro) are designed more virtuously. In the fourth, the trumpet climbs up to the e’’’. The third movement in minor belongs only to the strings and Basso continuo.

Sonata b-minor VI Presto: A very own, unexpected expression

“With the B-minor sonata from that collection of methodical sonatas, Telemann deliberately leaves the designation of instruments open” explains Höfs. It used to be common, to play sonatas of this sort with the violin, flute or oboe. “With the modern Piccolo flute all possibilities of sound and technique are given, to impart this sonata its very own, maybe unexpected expression.”