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The Baroque Trombone

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Catalogue numberBIS-1688 CD
Release date2009-09-10
Orig. sample rate44100Hz
Total time56:30

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The big, powerful trombone of our time is a creature of wide open spaces and large auditoriums. ‘Trombone’ simply means ‘big trumpet’ and the two are nowadays seen as obvious bedfellows. Not so in the 17th century! The instrument was called sackbut – a soft sounding, gentle thing whose natural partners were the viola and recorder: in 1666, the British scholar William Dugdale contrasted the ‘couragious blast of deadly war’ produced by trumpeters with the ‘sweet harmony of violins, sackbutts, recorders and cornetts’. The sackbuts were much smaller than today’s trombones, with tiny mouthpieces, tubes narrower than the ones on a modern trumpet, and bells that a man’s hand might easily cover. Compared to the modern trombone, it was far easier to crack a note, but as compensation you could add inflections and ornaments with a much greater grace and range. Christian Lindberg, who has done more than anyone to establish the modern trombone as a solo instrument, bought his first sackbut 30 years ago, and already then dreamed of recording a baroque programme. Now the opportunity to do so has arrived – largely due to Lindberg’s encounter with the violinist Richard Tognetti and his Australian Chamber Orchestra. The Lindberg / ACO collaboration has already been documented on disc in a programme of 18th-century trombone concertos (BIS-CD-1248), a release described in International Record Review as ‘sensational … one of those recordings which make criticism a glorious irrelevance.’ On this recording Lindberg and a handful of the ACO players in ‘sweet harmony’ present a programme including sonatas and canzonas by Biber, Frescobaldi and Dario Castello.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Castello, Dario
01 Sonata Quinta for violin, trombone and basso continuo (from
Sonate Concertate In Stil Moderno, Libro I, 1621)
04:41 $ 0.98 USD
  Composer: Castello, Dario
02 Sonata Duodecima for 2 violins, trombone and basso continuo
(from Sonate Concertate In Stil Moderno, Libro II, 1629)
07:43 $ 1.62 USD
  Composer: Anonymous
03 Sonata for trombone and harpsichord/organ 04:14 $ 0.89 USD
  Composer: Speer, Daniel
  Sonata à 3 and Gigue for 2 violins, trombone and basso continuo 04:21
04 Sonata à 3 02:15 $ 0.47 USD
05 Gigue 02:06 $ 0.44 USD
  Composer: Frescobaldi, Giralmo
  Canzon 1–4 for trombone and harpsichord/organ 15:28
06 Canzona V a basso solo detta la Tromboncina 03:28 $ 0.73 USD
07 Canzona VI a basso solo detta l’Altiera 04:31 $ 0.95 USD
08 Canzona VII a basso solo detta la Superba (o Tuccina) 03:44 $ 0.78 USD
09 Canzona VIII a basso solo detta l’Ambitiosa 03:45 $ 0.79 USD
  Composer: Biber, Heinrich Ignaz Franz von
10 Sonata à 3 for 2 violins, trombone and basso continuo  05:57 $ 1.25 USD
  Composer: Castello, Dario
11 Sonata Quarta for violin, trombone and basso continuo 04:09 $ 0.87 USD
  Composer: Cesare, Giovanni Martino
12 La Hieronyma for trombone and harpsichord (from Musicali
Melodie, 1621)
02:19 $ 0.49 USD
  Composer: Bertali, Antonio
13 Sonata à 3 for 2 violins, trombone and basso continuo 05:17 $ 1.11 USD
  Album total 56:30
Bertali, Antonio
Biber, Heinrich Ignaz Franz von
Castello, Dario
Cesare, Giovanni Martino
Frescobaldi, Giralmo
Speer, Daniel
TromboneLindberg, Christian
OrchestraAustralian Chamber Orchestra

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