Richard Strauss and the Viennese Trumpet | Linn CKD621

Richard Strauss and the Viennese Trumpet


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Label: Linn

Cat No: CKD621

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 14th February 2020



Richard Strauss and the Viennese Trumpet is the latest in Jonathan Freeman-Attwood’s imaginative series of musical reinventions for trumpet and piano. Works by Fux, Beethoven, Schubert, Mahler, Bruckner, Webern and Zemlinsky complement the core work: a newly imagined Strauss Trumpet Sonata.

Building on his highly successful transcriptions of sonatas by Fauré, Grieg, Mendelssohn and Schumann, Freeman-Attwood pushes the boundaries further delivering a fully-realized trumpet sonata which Strauss did not write. This innovative approach embraces various levels of transcription, transformation, realignment and composition to create a significant new contribution to the trumpet repertoire, full of the gloriously idiomatic writing for which Strauss is renowned. The material is variously drawn from the first movement of Strauss’s Violin Sonata, op.18, a combination of both light and very significant arrangements of miscellaneous music, newly composed music, and development or transitions based on existing material within the Sonata.

Pianist Chiyan Wong, who was awarded the prestigious Grand Prix du Disque by the Franz Liszt Society, accompanies Freeman-Attwood.

Jonathan Freeman-Attwood is the fourteenth Principal of the Royal Academy of Music, a post he has held since 2008. As a trumpet soloist his albums have attracted wide critical acclaim for their musical originality and effective ‘re-imagining’ of repertoire. Freeman-Attwood is Series Editor for Resonata Music’s ‘The Re-Imagined Trumpet’ in which newly configured sonatas by Schumann, Mendelssohn and Fauré have been published.

Hong Kong-born pianist Chiyan Wong is known for the sincerity and authority of his playing. Wong’s critically acclaimed debut album, Liszt Transfigured: Operatic Fantasies for Piano on Linn, features Liszt’s operatic transcriptions, completed and edited by Wong.

“… these works sound glorious in their new clothes ... [a] unique program of trumpet and piano works.” - Audiophile Audition

“Freeman-Attwood’s tone itself is a joy: warmly glowing with a multitude of different colours, and deliciously sleek both in technical execution and overall sound.” - Gramophone

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