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Italian Trumpet Concertos

As the trumpet was resurrected in the middle Baroque, so was the pairing of the trumpet and voice. Listen to recordings of Italian masterworks for the pairing.

At the beginning of the 18th century, the role of concerto soloist was moving away from a violin-centered view to incorporate a wider variety, including wind instruments. At this time, the trumpet was still seen as an instrument whose days had passed. But thanks to some ambitious composers, it resumed a place of prominence, even before the advent of the valved trumpet.  The music of those baroque masters is recorded with incredible vitality here by trumpeter Gábor Tarkövi. He performs with the Bavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra directed by Radoslaw Szulc.

As the trumpet was resurrected, so was the pairing of the trumpet and voice.  Arias abound from Baroque opera, sacred music and concerti.  Mojca Erdmann joins the ensemble for arias from Alessandro Scarlatti, Baldassare Galuppi, and a version of Antonio Vivaldi’s “Domine Deus” from his Gloria transcribed for trumpet.

Our quick pick this week comes from another master of the baroque trumpet as well as sacred music.  Heinrich von Biber’s 53 voice setting of the mass (Missa Salisburgensis) written for the massive Salzburg Cathedral is performed by La Stagione Armonica, directed by Sergio Balestracci.

Music Heard On This Episode

Alessandro Marcello (1669-1747): Concerto for Trumpet, Strings and Continuo in D minor
Gábor Tarkövi, trumpet; Radoslaw Szulc/Bavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra — Italian Trumpet Concertos (Tudor, 2009)
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Alessandro Marcello (1669-1747): Concerto for Trumpet, Strings and Continuo in D minor
Gábor Tarkövi, trumpet; Radoslaw Szulc/Bavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra — Italian Trumpet Concertos (Tudor, 2009)
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Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770): Concerto for Trumpet, Strings and Continuo in D Major
Gábor Tarkövi, trumpet; Radoslaw Szulc/Bavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra — Italian Trumpet Concertos (Tudor, 2009)
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Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Gloria: Domine Deus
Mojca Erdmann, soprano; Gábor Tarkövi, trumpet; Radoslaw Szulc/Bavarian Radio Chamber Orchestra — Italian Trumpet Concertos (Tudor, 2009)
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Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704): Missa Salisburgensis: Kyrie
Sergio Balestracci/La Stagione Armonica — Missa Salisburgensis (NCA, 2009)
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Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704): Plaudite Tympana
Sergio Balestracci/La Stagione Armonica — Missa Salisburgensis (NCA, 2009)
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David Wood

Originally from Leavenworth, Kansas, David Wood moved to Bloomington in 2005. He received his Bachelor of Music from Kansas State University, and his Master of Music from the University of North Texas. He studied ensemble direction at the Jacobs School of Music's Early Music Institute and joined WFIU in 2006 as an announcer. In 2008 he became WFIU's Music Director and also served as Art Bureau Chief from 2008-2013. David’s interests include Irish music and language (particularly traditional singing), music and religion, running, the outdoors, and, of course, classical music!

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