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Barry Kilpatrick
American Record Guide, November 2016

Austrian trumpeter Josef Hofbauer’s warm tone and seeming ease with these pieces make for very enjoyable listening. In the flashy Arutiunian concerto, orchestral sounds are vivid, individuals easily heard.

The old pieces—concertos by Torelli, Neruda, and Haydn—are played with tasteful enthusiasm in the fast movements, heartfelt expression in the slow ones. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



James A. Altena
Fanfare, September 2016

What a delightful surprise…to encounter a set of top-notch performances! As opposed to the more brilliant, even piercing tone of many French and American players, Hofbauer produces a rounded, almost mellow sound that falls graciously on the ear. As one might expect from his training, he is a fine technician, with robust breath support, clean tonguing, smooth legato, and agile fingers. Equally important, he is a sensitive interpreter who knows how to inflect his instrumental line with shading of phrasing and dynamics for expressive effect. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review





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