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Paul Merkelo


Release Date: October 14, 2022

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Shostakovich Concerto for Trumpet and Piano
Interview w/ Winnipeg's Classic107
Interview w/ WGTE
WGBH Music: Trumpeter Paul Merkelo plays Enesco's "Legend"
1 Alexander Arutiunian: Trumpet Concerto  
2 Mieczyslaw Weinberg: Trumpet Concerto in B flat major, Op. 94I. Etudes  
3 II. Episodes  
4 III. Fanfares  
5 Dmitry Shostakovich: Concerto No. 1, Op. 35, for Piano, Trumpet and Strings I. Allegro moderato  
6 II. Lento  
7 III. Moderato  
8 IV. Allegro con brio  
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The three works featured on this recording each has a connection with the trumpeter Timofei Dokshizer. Born in Nizhyn (in the Chernihiv region, now Ukraine) on 13 December 1921, he commenced his concert activity on All-Union Radio when barely 20, and then, in 1947, gained first prize at a competition in Prague. Although he enjoyed a notable career as soloist, he was also for many years principal trumpeter with the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, from which his distinctive tone can be heard on many commercial and archival recordings of the operatic and ballet repertoire. He pursued a distinguished academic career, being professor at the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow for a quarter-century and giving classes at the International Trumpet Academy in Bremen throughout the 1990s. He died in Vilnius on 16 March 2005, having done much to expand both the solo and the concertante repertoire for his instrument.

Although its repertoire is limited by comparison with other woodwind and brass instruments, the trumpet has had numerous concertos written for it from composers of the Soviet era and beyond. Much of the motivation in this must lie with Dokshizer, who not only commissioned and premiered a succession of such pieces but also made a notable number of recordings (not least of the two ‘original’ concertos found here) on which his distinctive style of playing can be said to have established the interpretative parameters for those who followed in his wake.

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