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French Trumpet Concertos

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Principal Trumpet PAUL MERKELO (OSM): Classical Conversations with Paul Robinson
Paul Merkelo and Chris Fossek - ZYRYAB by Paco de Lucia
1 Henri Tomasi - Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra: Allegro & Cadenza
2 Henri Tomasi - Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra: Nocturne
3 Henri Tomasi - Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra: Finale
4 Alfred Desenclos - Incantation, threne et danse: Incantation
5 Alfred Desenclos - Incantation, threne et danse: Threne
6 Alfred Desenclos - Incantation, threne et danse: Danse
7 Andre Jolivet - Trumpet Concerto No. 2: Mesto - Concitato
8 Andre Jolivet - Trumpet Concerto No. 2: Grave
9 Andre Jolivet - Trumpet Concerto No. 2: Giocoso
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Paul Merkelo grew up listening to trumpet recordings by Maurice André (France), Wynton Marsalis (USA), and Timofei Dokshizer (Ukraine). It was the different sounds and styles that these players embodied on the trumpet that really sparked his passion and made him want to pursue becoming a classical trumpet player. This recording marks the culmination of childhood dreams and his current position as Principal Trumpet with the OSM for over 20 years. Paul Merkelo chose this French repertoire because it draws attention to a period in Europe that saw the liberation of its people at the end of World War II, and a rejuvenation of its soul through their artists, writers, and poets. This freedom of expression is clearly heard in the works of Henri Tomasi (1901-1970), Alfred Desenclos (1912-1971), and André Jolivet (1905-1974). Their interest in the sound of the trumpet and its ability to fit into a jazz idiom, as well as being a highly virtuosic instrument, gave birth to three of the most beautiful trumpet concertos. Very few recordings exist today, as they are renowned for being some of the hardest repertoire for this instrument.

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