Charles Bizet Overture from Carmen arranged Paul Archibald Paul Archibald with Juliet Edwards (piano)
This arrangement comes from a book of pieces arranged for trumpet and piano of favourite excerpts from Bizet's ever-popular opera, Carmen. The book has proved very popular with trumpeters and the Overture shows off the exuberance of Bizet's music. This recording was made in St Peter's Church, Petersham, Surrey in 2006
Johann Strauss Overture to Die Fledermaus English Brass Ensemble
The Overture to Die Fledermaus is a perfect piece to open any brass concert. Flamboyant, lyrical, virtuosic and guarantees to engage any audience. Full of memorable tunes, it is a real show stopper and one of the most loved pieces in the operatic repertoire. This recording is featured on the Brass Classics album A Night in Vienna'.
Joseph Haydn Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major. Paul Archibald, National Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Charles Gerhardt
This recording was made at St John's Smith Square, London with the NPO, a great orchestra that recorded many of the top film scores up until 2005, including classic scores such as The Exorcist, The Omen, Alien and Superman. This performance was made for the Readers Digest label in 1995. Sidney Sax, the orchestra leader, always used the finest orchestral musicians and you can really hear this in the quality of the orchestral playing.
Britten Sinfonia Ralph Vaughan Williams Lord Though Hast Been Our Refuge - Psalm 90. Britten Sinfonia with Westminster Abbey Choir
Paul has been a member of the Britten Sinfonia, one of the world’s most celebrated and pioneering ensembles since its beginning in 1992. Composed in 1921, 'Lord, Thou hast been our refuge' combines a setting of Psalm 90 with Issac Watts’s version of the same Psalm, 'O God, our help in ages past' and the hymn tune, 'St Anne'. Although the solo trumpet part is simple it makes a distinctive addition to the glorious sound of the Westminster Abbey choir. Conducted here by James O'Donnell with Robert Quinney as organist.
Charles-Marie Widor Toccata from Organ Symphony No.5, Op.42 No.1 English Brass Ensemble arr Paul Archibald
Widor composed this symphony in 1879 but it is the fifth movement, often referred to as just Widor's Toccata, that became his most famous piece. It lasts around six minutes and is best known for its use as recessional music at wedding ceremonies. This recording was made at Gateway Studios, Kingston University, Surrey in 1995 and uses some very clever multi-tracking techniques, allowing the ensemble to indulge in a display of brass virtuosity.
Francis Poulenc Trio for Horn, Trumpet and Trombone Paul Archibald (trumpet) Stephen Stirling (horn) Emily White (trombone)
Poulenc’s Sonata for Horn, Trumpet, and Trombone offers a variety of tone colors, striking rhythms, delicious dissonances, and elegant wit. It dates from 1922, but Poulenc later revised the Sonata in 1945. This performance is from the Deux Elles recording given by The Fibonacci Sequence, one of the foremost chamber ensembles in Britain.
Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor op35 ( last movt). London Mozart Players, cond Matthias Bamert, Alain Lefèvre (piano)
Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 1, completed in 1933, is closer to the subtle spirit of Haydn than to the darkness so often associated with other works by this composer. Casual, exuberant and dryly humorous, the concerto was designed to "fill a void in the Soviet instrumental repertoire,” according to the the great man. His classical style of writing and minimal orchestration (strings and solo trumpet with the score having been written with his friend, Alexandre Schmidt trumpeter in the Leningrad Philharmonic in mind), only heightens the work's eccentricity. Recorded in London in 2009, this album won the Juno Award in the category Classical Album of the Year for 2010
All The Things You Are (Hommage to Chet Baker) Paul Archibald with Simon Limbrick (snare with brushes)
Simon Limbrick regularly performed with the English Brass Ensemble as we explored contemporary music for brass and percussion. We enjoyed doing off-the-wall things - Tim Souster wrote us a piece for brass & percussion using Tom and Jerry cartoons as his inspiration... Simon and I both enjoyed the music of Chet Baker, the iconic jazz trumpeter of the 50's and 60's. At the end of one session I suggested we record some Chet Baker improvs I'd been listening to. We didn't rehearse but just put the light on. We recorded two run throughs and this is one of them. Apologies to all jazz aficionados - it was pure self-indulgence...
George Frederic Handel Messiah: The Trumpet Shall Sound. Britten Sinfonia.
COMING late in Handel’s Messiah, the glittering instrumental solo in The Trumpet Shall Sound is one of the most recognizable trumpet parts in music. It's rousing opening fanfare and serenely gleaming lyrical passages can be heard in concert halls and churches all over the world, part of a bass aria that becomes one of this well-loved oratorio’s emotional highlights. Conducted by Stephen Layton, with baritone Andrew Foster-Williams, this performance was recorded live at St John's Smith Square in 2008.


Saint Saens Septet in E flat major Op 65. The Nash Ensemble
This neoclassical work employing seventeenth-century dance forms has four movements: Préambule, Menuet, Intermède and Gavotte et Final. The music reveals the classical proclivity of the composer. However, the ingenious integration of the trumpet, namesake of this chamber music organization, with the string quintet and piano, is rare in musical literature.
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