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Josh Cohen|Altissima: Works for High Baroque Trumpet

Altissima: Works for High Baroque Trumpet

Josh Cohen, Ensemble Sprezzatura, Daniel Abraham

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Some of the terminology here may be unfamiliar outside the trumpet realm. There is not an instrument called a "high Baroque trumpet"; rather, the album title refers to a Baroque trumpet played in its high overtone or clarino register. (The latter term has also been the subject of centuries of confusion.) This release by Baroque trumpeter Josh Cohen and the small Ensemble Sprezzatura features sounds from a natural valveless trumpet that are not often heard. The booklet notes open entertainingly with a quotation from musicologist Thurston Dart, claiming that "to obtain these very high harmonics (the clarino register) from a natural trumpet makes such merciless demands on a player's lips and lungs that the special technique required has long fallen into disuse and there seems little chance of its ever being revived." Cohen not only revives it but gets highly listenable results. He is one of a group of players, at first mostly American, who have cultivated not only the playing technique but the repertory that goes with it, much of it German and most of it unknown. For the full effect, sample the high Cs in several movements of the Sinfonia à 7 of Johann Samuel Endler. Another highlight is the Concerto in D major for trumpet, two oboes, and continuo, TWV 43:D7 of Telemann, where the continuo group includes a bassoon, and Telemann gets delightful sonorities out of this rather unwieldy group. The backing from Ensemble Sprezzatura under director Daniel Abraham is lively and sensitive to the soloist's challenges. Brass players may be especially alert to the technical rigors involved in Cohen's playing, but any Baroque enthusiast will find this a diverting release that brings home just how far trumpet playing has advanced over the last 50 years.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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1
[Abblasen]
00:00:34

Daniel Abraham, Conductor, MainArtist - Gottfried Reiche, Composer - Josh Cohen, Trumpet, MainArtist - Ensemble Sprezzatura, Orchestra, MainArtist

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Concerto, GWV 308 (Christophe Graupner)

2
I. Largo e giusto
00:01:33

Daniel Abraham, Conductor, MainArtist - Christoph Graupner, Composer - Josh Cohen, Trumpet, MainArtist - Ensemble Sprezzatura, Orchestra, MainArtist

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3
II. Allegro
00:03:45

Daniel Abraham, Conductor, MainArtist - Christoph Graupner, Composer - Josh Cohen, Trumpet, MainArtist - Ensemble Sprezzatura, Orchestra, MainArtist

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4
III. Largo
00:01:20

Daniel Abraham, Conductor, MainArtist - Christoph Graupner, Composer - Josh Cohen, Trumpet, MainArtist - Ensemble Sprezzatura, Orchestra, MainArtist

2023 Chandos Records Ltd 2023 Chandos Records Ltd

5
IV. Allegro
00:03:50

Daniel Abraham, Conductor, MainArtist - Christoph Graupner, Composer - Josh Cohen, Trumpet, MainArtist - Ensemble Sprezzatura, Orchestra, MainArtist

2023 Chandos Records Ltd 2023 Chandos Records Ltd

Sonata à 8, Op. 1 No. 1 (Romanus Weichlein)

6
I. Allegro
00:01:44

Daniel Abraham, Conductor, MainArtist - Romanus Weichlein, Composer - Josh Cohen, Trumpet, MainArtist - Ensemble Sprezzatura, Orchestra, MainArtist

2023 Chandos Records Ltd 2023 Chandos Records Ltd

7
II. Con discretione
00:04:49

Daniel Abraham, Conductor, MainArtist - Romanus Weichlein, Composer - Josh Cohen, Trumpet, MainArtist - Ensemble Sprezzatura, Orchestra, MainArtist

2023 Chandos Records Ltd 2023 Chandos Records Ltd

8
III. Grave
00:01:27

Daniel Abraham, Conductor, MainArtist - Romanus Weichlein, Composer - Josh Cohen, Trumpet, MainArtist - Ensemble Sprezzatura, Orchestra, MainArtist

2023 Chandos Records Ltd 2023 Chandos Records Ltd

Sonata (Gottfried Finger)

9
I. Moderato
00:01:30

Daniel Abraham, Conductor, MainArtist - Gottfried Finger, Composer - Josh Cohen, Trumpet, MainArtist - Ensemble Sprezzatura, Orchestra, MainArtist

2023 Chandos Records Ltd 2023 Chandos Records Ltd

10
II. Adagio
00:01:13

Daniel Abraham, Conductor, MainArtist - Gottfried Finger, Composer - Josh Cohen, Trumpet, MainArtist - Ensemble Sprezzatura, Orchestra, MainArtist

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11
III. Allegro
00:01:00

Daniel Abraham, Conductor, MainArtist - Gottfried Finger, Composer - Josh Cohen, Trumpet, MainArtist - Ensemble Sprezzatura, Orchestra, MainArtist

2023 Chandos Records Ltd 2023 Chandos Records Ltd

12
IV. Grave
00:02:48

Daniel Abraham, Conductor, MainArtist - Gottfried Finger, Composer - Josh Cohen, Trumpet, MainArtist - Ensemble Sprezzatura, Orchestra, MainArtist

2023 Chandos Records Ltd 2023 Chandos Records Ltd

Sinfonia à 7, CobE 13 (Johann Samuel Endler)

13
I. Allegro
00:04:37

Daniel Abraham, Conductor, MainArtist - Johann Samuel Endler, Composer - Josh Cohen, Trumpet, MainArtist - Ensemble Sprezzatura, Orchestra, MainArtist

2023 Chandos Records Ltd 2023 Chandos Records Ltd

14
II. Andante
00:02:54

Daniel Abraham, Conductor, MainArtist - Johann Samuel Endler, Composer - Josh Cohen, Trumpet, MainArtist - Ensemble Sprezzatura, Orchestra, MainArtist

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15
III. Menuet
00:03:32

Daniel Abraham, Conductor, MainArtist - Johann Samuel Endler, Composer - Josh Cohen, Trumpet, MainArtist - Ensemble Sprezzatura, Orchestra, MainArtist

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16
IV. Vivace
00:03:55

Daniel Abraham, Conductor, MainArtist - Johann Samuel Endler, Composer - Josh Cohen, Trumpet, MainArtist - Ensemble Sprezzatura, Orchestra, MainArtist

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17
V. Presto
00:01:48

Daniel Abraham, Conductor, MainArtist - Johann Samuel Endler, Composer - Josh Cohen, Trumpet, MainArtist - Ensemble Sprezzatura, Orchestra, MainArtist

2023 Chandos Records Ltd 2023 Chandos Records Ltd

Concerto, TWV 43: D7 (Georg Philipp Telemann)

18
I. Largo
00:03:05

Daniel Abraham, Conductor, MainArtist - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Josh Cohen, Trumpet, MainArtist - Ensemble Sprezzatura, Orchestra, MainArtist

2023 Chandos Records Ltd 2023 Chandos Records Ltd

19
II. Vivace
00:02:24

Daniel Abraham, Conductor, MainArtist - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Josh Cohen, Trumpet, MainArtist - Ensemble Sprezzatura, Orchestra, MainArtist

2023 Chandos Records Ltd 2023 Chandos Records Ltd

20
III. Siciliano
00:03:05

Daniel Abraham, Conductor, MainArtist - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Josh Cohen, Trumpet, MainArtist - Ensemble Sprezzatura, Orchestra, MainArtist

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21
IV. Vivace
00:05:10

Daniel Abraham, Conductor, MainArtist - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Josh Cohen, Trumpet, MainArtist - Ensemble Sprezzatura, Orchestra, MainArtist

2023 Chandos Records Ltd 2023 Chandos Records Ltd

22
Ciaccona à 7
00:04:19

Daniel Abraham, Conductor, MainArtist - Philipp Jakob Rittler, Composer - Josh Cohen, Trumpet, MainArtist - Ensemble Sprezzatura, Orchestra, MainArtist

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Concerto No. 1 (Capel Bond)

23
I. Con spirito
00:01:12

Daniel Abraham, Conductor, MainArtist - Capel Bond, Composer - Josh Cohen, Trumpet, MainArtist - Ensemble Sprezzatura, Orchestra, MainArtist

2023 Chandos Records Ltd 2023 Chandos Records Ltd

24
II. Allegro
00:02:39

Daniel Abraham, Conductor, MainArtist - Capel Bond, Composer - Josh Cohen, Trumpet, MainArtist - Ensemble Sprezzatura, Orchestra, MainArtist

2023 Chandos Records Ltd 2023 Chandos Records Ltd

25
III. Larghetto
00:02:38

Daniel Abraham, Conductor, MainArtist - Capel Bond, Composer - Josh Cohen, Trumpet, MainArtist - Ensemble Sprezzatura, Orchestra, MainArtist

2023 Chandos Records Ltd 2023 Chandos Records Ltd

Albumbeschreibung

Some of the terminology here may be unfamiliar outside the trumpet realm. There is not an instrument called a "high Baroque trumpet"; rather, the album title refers to a Baroque trumpet played in its high overtone or clarino register. (The latter term has also been the subject of centuries of confusion.) This release by Baroque trumpeter Josh Cohen and the small Ensemble Sprezzatura features sounds from a natural valveless trumpet that are not often heard. The booklet notes open entertainingly with a quotation from musicologist Thurston Dart, claiming that "to obtain these very high harmonics (the clarino register) from a natural trumpet makes such merciless demands on a player's lips and lungs that the special technique required has long fallen into disuse and there seems little chance of its ever being revived." Cohen not only revives it but gets highly listenable results. He is one of a group of players, at first mostly American, who have cultivated not only the playing technique but the repertory that goes with it, much of it German and most of it unknown. For the full effect, sample the high Cs in several movements of the Sinfonia à 7 of Johann Samuel Endler. Another highlight is the Concerto in D major for trumpet, two oboes, and continuo, TWV 43:D7 of Telemann, where the continuo group includes a bassoon, and Telemann gets delightful sonorities out of this rather unwieldy group. The backing from Ensemble Sprezzatura under director Daniel Abraham is lively and sensitive to the soloist's challenges. Brass players may be especially alert to the technical rigors involved in Cohen's playing, but any Baroque enthusiast will find this a diverting release that brings home just how far trumpet playing has advanced over the last 50 years.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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