audiotrack Baroque Music for Trumpets

reviewed by Jill Hill

Published in Issue No. 23 ~ April, 1999

Marsalis is one of my all time favorite recording artists. I was able to see him in concert a few years back at Sun Valley: master of the horn, Wynton Marsalis. Of all his music, I picked Baroque Music for Trumpets. He is clear about not having the same feeling for classical music as jazz or the blues, but this CD of lesser known music of the Baroque period – Vivaldi’s Concerto for 2 Trumpets and Strings, Telemann’s Concerto for 3 Trumpet & Orchestra, Pachelbel’s Canon For & Trumpets & Strings, Haydn’s Concerto for Trumpet & Orchestra, and Biber’s Sonata for 8 Trumpets & Orchestra – is a technical marvel. He plays all the trumpet parts in St. Barnabas Church in North London where he stood in different areas of the church to achieve an authentic sound. The clarity of his playing is the most noticeable aspect of this CD. It is a showcase of his virtuosity, and the selections themselves are light and airy, very reminiscent of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. I never tire of listening to it.

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Jill Hill lives with some kids, some dogs, writes, and manages a restaurant where she tries out her new CD's. She listens to a variety of music, from Classical to Blues, but tries to stay away from most rap. In her words: "I am always on the look out for a new band or singer/songwriter that I will like. I like a CD that does not grow old and weary sounding, which mean I don't want buy a CD that can be found on the used CD sale table a month later. One of my favorite CD's is Neal Young's Everyone Knows this is Nowhere. My favorite writer is Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and my favorite novel of his Of Love and Other Demons. X-Files is about the only TV I watch. I do not watch sitcoms and do not like music inspired by sitcoms. I'd rather listen to a sampled rap version of the Jetsons theme song."