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Blumine, Works for Trumpet and Piano - Takezawa, Friedrich

Blumine, Works for Trumpet and Piano - Takezawa, Friedrich

Ars Produktion  ARS 38 317

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Classical - Chamber


Gustav Mahler, Thomas Dehler / Jonathan Freeman-Attwood, Karl Pilss, Victor Nessler, Richard Strauss

Eriko Takezawa
Reinhold Friedrich

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Review by Adrian Quanjer - February 18, 2021

The beginning of Mahler’s fifth symphony can be a tricky moment for a trumpeter, though I must admit that I’ve never heard it going wrong. Blumine is milder. In origin, one of seven parts of incidental music for the stage play ’Der Trumpeter von Säckingen’ - though known to most of us as the later discarded second movement of Mahler’s first symphony - it has a beautiful solo part, something every first-desk trumpeter of name and fame no doubt wants to embrace. Reinhold Friedrich is such a wonder boy. Instead of sitting last row to the right on stage, he is here with his chamber music partner, Eriko Tekazawa, and and ‘guest’ pianist, Aliza Kratzer, playing ‘the orchestra’ with four hands and much gusto.

This release is all about the trumpet. A trumpeter’s delight, one might say. A collection of pieces and arrangements going beyond the standard repertoire of the Haydn, Hummel & Hertel trumpet concerti. Although there is no shortage of solo, chamber, and concertante works, Friedrich explores in this release the back roads and new avenues “In search of the Lost Romantic Era”, with a view to demonstrate that more romantic trumpet repertoire would have been possible ‘if’. (read the booklet).

One of the new avenues’ is a Trumpet Sonata based on Richard Strauss. Some of it was taken from his Violin Sonata Op.18. Other ideas come from ‘Also Sprach Zaratustra’ and “Ariadne auf Naxos’, completed with newly composed material. Friedrich navigates through the difficulties with all the virtuosity he clearly masters.

Apart from this major work, Friedrich, and his partner, Takezawa, bring us, or should I say, to anyone with a marked interest in trumpet playing at a superior level, more hardly know pieces like Jongen’s concertino, Pills’ sonata, and an arrangement by Friedrich/Takezawa of Jung Werner’s Abschiedslied from an Opera of Viktor Nessler, with the title ‘Der Trompeter von Säckingen’. Indeed, based on the same play Mahler wrote Blumine for. And there is more Strauss and Mahler on the programme. All of it is carefully explained in the detailed liner notes, for which our soloist takes full responsibility.

I’m sure that trumpet aficionados will be pleased with this collection. Others would perhaps prefer to explore this release in stages to avoid being prematurely blown away by a trumpeter meriting every inch of interest! It is gloriously recorded in the former Immanuelskirche, Wuppertal, Germany, with the appropriate roomy sound.

Blangy-le-Château, Normandy, France.

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