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Trumpet Masque - Jonathan Freeman-Attwood - Metro

11 April 2008
Warwick Thompson

My last disc is a delightful curiosity from virtuoso trumpeter Jonathan Freeman-Attwood and pianist/arranger Daniel-Ben Pienaar. Trumpet Masque is a sunny skip through seventeenth-century galliards, motets and chorales, arranged for the performers' two instruments. Attwood is an extraordinary player who switches between fizzy fireworks and tender pathos with ease, but even he can't quite persuade me that an entire disc of trumpet repertoire falls easily on the ear. The answer is to cherry-pick - but it's worth it.
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