French Trumpet ConcertosAnalekta
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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Paul Merkelo & OSM - French Trumpet Concertos / KDFC 'Download Of the Week'
Each week KDFC: San Francisco members can download a free mp3 from some of the biggest releases in the world of Classical music. 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 ...
Paul Merkelo & The Montreal Symphony Orchestra - French Trumpet Concertos / WFMT 'New Release Of the Week'
The Montreal Symphony Orchestra's Principal Trumpet Paul Merkelo plays three works for trumpet and orchestra, each one written in France by a composer whose life did not exceed the span of the 20th century, and each heavily influenced by the idiom of jazz. The works by Tomasi, Desenclos and Jolivet offer a nuanced perspective on French musical thought and the growing importance of the solo trumpet in 20t...