"The disc is well recorded and the performances throughout are thoroughly professional and competent. The South West German Chamber Orchestra Pforzheim plays on modern instruments, but has taken on board some of the lessons of the period performance movement. Reiner clearly has a fine command of his instrument and, as conductor, Tewinkel is assured and purposeful. The results are eminently listenable. Yet one misses the insights which real specialists in this music bring to it, and there’s a certain homogeneity, a kind of all-purpose baroque manner which doesn’t do enough to characterise individual pieces and to register the differences between, say, Italian and German idioms."
Strange to describe the disc as ‘Baroque Trumpet Concertos’ when none of the works could truly be given that title. Still trumpet players will gladly purloin anything that is going, and Thomas Reiner is one of Europe’s most distinguished exponents of the instrument. Purists will complain that Albinoni is badly served as the transcription from oboe to the bright baroque trumpet leaves the work sounding nothing like that which the composer created. But the main problem here is that the disc’s title inevitably places the trumpet right at the fore with the orchestra somewhat behind, and with the difference in volume between oboe and trumpet, any hope of the intended dialogue between the solo instrument and stings in this, the Handel or the Telemann is squandered. It equally changes the nature and intent of such works as Handel’s The Famous Water Piece where the trumpet should have been part of the orchestra. And so I could go on, and that would be most unfair to Reiner whose playing is good, centred on every note, sparkling bright at the top end and admirably nimble. The orchestral playing is neat and with a good sense of period style.
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