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A founding member of the Empire Brass Quintet, Seattle-born trumpeter Rolf Smedvig has toured 35 countries, and served as an ensemble player, soloist and conductor with a host of leading orchestras. Virtuoso: Rolf Smedvig, his debut CD of virtuoso trumpet concertos, backed by the Scottish Orchestra, earned him a Grammy nomination.
Excellence is what you'll hear on Virtuoso, a compilation of excerpts from the artist's Telarc discography. The Allegro from the Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 and the Badinerie from the Orchestral Suite No. 2 represent Bach, a mainstay of any trumpeter's repertoire. Other trumpet staples -- including excerpts from trumpet concertos by Haydn, Hummel, Bellini and Tartini -- cozy up to classics by Mozart, Smetana, Albinoni and more modern fare by Sibley.
Trumpet playing demands virtuosity and Smedvig greets his assignment head on. His rendition of the rondo from Hummel's Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major is sensational, with cascades of notes falling from his lips like fields of daisies rapidly springing into perfect bloom. The sound, warm and shining, is a joy.
But, as brilliant as Smedvig can sound, he can also produce a lovely, mellow legato on the "Strangers In Paradise" excerpt from Borodin's Polovtsian Dances and stately, heartfelt tone in the Grave section of Albinoni's deservedly loved Concerto for Trumpet and Organ. Music as thoroughly enjoyable as it is addictive.
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, ...
Rolf Smedvig, from Virtuoso: Rolf Smedvig
Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV ...
Rolf Smedvig With Jahja Ling & Scottish ...
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