Norwich Baroque

Programmes Press and Postludes

17-01-2015 - GREAT BAROQUE TRUMPET CONCERTOS

Saturday 17th January 2015 - St Peter Mancroft
Soloist: Simon Munday Director: Jim O'Toole

Trumpet Concerto no.1 Telemann
Sinfonia in G minor - Albinoni
6 Grand Concertos no.1 - Helllendaal
Trumpet Sonata in D - Torelli
Concerto Grosso Op.6 no.2 - Corelli
Suite for trumpet and strings - Telemann


Eastern Daily Press Review:

Norwich Baroque with Trumpet, St Peter Mancroft, Norwich

A large audience was attracted to this concert in which Jim O'Toole's Norwich Baroque was joined by the trumpeter Simon Munday. Perfectly at home on his period instrument, he knew how to add a stirring thrill to his performances.

He began and ended with two works by Bach's contemporary, Georg Philipp Telemann. It was easy to see how the first of them still owed a lot to the tradition of using trumpets mainly for military calls and fanfares.

By the time the composer came to write the second, he plainly realised there could be more musical flexibility and variety in a suite made up of contrasting dances that also went further in combining the trumpet with the string orchestra.

Munday took his chance for a wholly delightful display of well-honed skills, gentle and suave though with a touch more force where appropriate, and nimble with changing rhythms.

Even the best trumpeters have to pause for breath, and it was a good idea to include in the programme two Concerto Grossos. One was by Pieter Hellendaal, from Rotterdam and organist at Kings Lynn before settling in Cambridge. The other, interpreted with particular intensity, was by the great Corelli.

Christopher Smith