Duelling Trumpets: Crispian Steele-Perkins and Simon Munday
Director: Jim O'Toole
Concerto for 2 Trumpets in D major -Francesco Onofrio Manfredini
Sonata in D – Arcangelo Corelli - Soloist: Crispian Steele-Perkins
Banchetto Musicale no.6 - Johann Hermann Schein
Sonata G1- Guiseppe Torelli - soloist: Simon Munday
Concerto in C for 2 Trumpets - Antonio Vivaldi
Vivaldi Concerto in D for 2 Trumpets - Antonio Vivaldi
Sinfonia 'Il Barcheggio' part II - Alessandro Stradella - Soloist: Simon Munday
Concerto in 7 parts Op 5 no 2 - Evaristo Felice Dall’Abaco
Sonata for Trumpet in D – Henry Purcell - Soloist: Crispian Steele-Perkins
Concerto for 2 Trumpets in D major - Petronio Fransheschini
More a Friendly Duet than a Duel..
Jim O'Toole's Norwich Baroque launched its 10th season with a flourish of a pair of unvalved period trumpets. They were played with expertise and flair by the celebrated Crispian Steele-Perkins and the gifted Simon Munday.
A concerto by manfredini came first in the programme with works by well-known composers as well as some of their minor contemporaries. More a friendly duet and than a duel between adversaries, it had a thrilling ring as the two instruments seamlessly combined as equal partners.
All elegance in a solo concerto that Corelli is supposed to have written in 1710 for an English virtuoso, Steele-Perkins was also totally assured in Purcell's sonata in D. Munday was no less impressive in challenging music by Stradella.
Tireless exuberance came in Vivaldi's typical cascades or noates innot one but two concertos for a pair of trumperts, and Franceschini's rather bolder, more imaginative conceptions showed the way forward. Sensitive, sympathetic and never too loud in accompaniment, the strings gave delightful accounts of Schein's 6th Musical Banquet, dating from the early 17th century, and of Dall'Abacos's Concerto in Seven Parts. It would be good to hear both these pieces again some time soon.