Lindemann is one of the leading trumpet players in the world today. The Brass Herald recently named him “International Brass Personality of the Year.” This seems to be the first SACD from the Canadian-based label Marquis, and the first time the two new trumpets used by Lindemann have been recorded in hi-res. One is a new design of an E flat trumpet and the other a rotary-valve piccolo trumpet – both made by Yamaha. While we’re on tech matters, the 5.2 surround is excellent and the full power of the trumpets’ voices is delivered with great impact, as well as fine detail in the quiet lyrical passages.
The Baroque concertos all have rather short movements, most only three or four minutes, which ensures that neither the performer nor the listener’s welcome is compromised. It’s nice to have such a varied program and without trumpet chestnuts like the Haydn concerto. The Tartini was popularized by the great Maurice André. Both the slow Marcello Adagio and the Air on the G String make use of circular breathing for the extended melodies; the latter beginning on the standard trumpet and ending on the piccolo trumpet for an interesting contrast.
– John Sunier