Carnival of Venice arr. Malcolm Smith: Paul Archibald with the National Philharmonic Orchestra cond. Charles Gerhardt
Malcolm Smith was a good friend and colleague of mine - we shared a similar upbringing within the ranks of the Salvation Army. He became a principal player in some top London orchestras such as the BBC Concert Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He was also a talented arranger and this recording features an exotic arrangement he made, originally for himself with the BBC Concert Orchestra, here featuring the National Philharmonic Orchestra.
Profofiev's Romeo and Juliet - Montagues & Capulets arr. Paul Archibald English Brass Ensemble cond. Paul Archibald
Probably one of the finest EBE recordings we made, it included some of the legendary names in brass playing - Maurice Murphy, Rod Franks, Malcom Smith, Richard Martin, Mark Bennett, Geoff Bryant, James Gourlay, Patrick Harrild, Robert Childs and Gary Kettel on percussion. Recorded in the wonderful acoustic of St Jude's, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, it was sight-read and recorded in the last 45 minutes of an incredible session of brass playing. Definitely a career highlight!
Rimsky-Korsakoff Capriccio Espagnol arr. Paul Archibald Paul Archibald (trumpet) & Juliet Edwards (piano)
This arrangement was made for Brass Wind Publications as part of a collection of pieces for trumpet and piano called Russian Roulette. It's a brief introduction to the colourful world of Rimsky-Korsakoff, one of Russia's most distinctive nationalist composers. The recording was made in the beautiful St Peter's Church, Petersham, Surrey in 2006.   Find the full album here
Mozart Sonata No 11 K331 Rondo ‘alla turca’ arr Paul Archibald English Brass Ensemble
The 'Rondo alla Turca' is the third and final movement from his Sonata No. 11 K331 originally composed for piano. At the time the music of Turkish Janissary bands was very much in fashion. These groups are thought to be the oldest form of military marching bands in the world so it seems appropriate that this music should be arranged for brass. The recording is featured on the album   "A Night in Vienna"
The Beatles Penny Lane Paul Archibald (piccolo trumpet) with the London Trumpet Sound
The sound of the piccolo trumpet in the Beatles classics, Penny Lane, is perhaps one of the most distinctive uses of this unique instrument in popular music. Originally performed by David Mason of the Philharmonia Orchestra, this song crosses cultural boundaries and enthralling new generations with the brilliance of the writing. This recording is from the 2002 Cala Records album 'The London Trumpet Sound, a tribute to some of the finest players in the UK   You can buy the album from Cala Records
Handel Concerto Grosso Last Movt. Paul Archibald, National Philharmonic Orchestra, Charles Gerhardt
The conductor Charles Gerhardt began his career working with Leopoldo Stokowski and Arturo Toscanini. He produced legendary recordings with Sir John Barbirolli, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Rudolf Kempe and others, and conducted classic film scores of Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Max Steiner, Miklós Rózsa, Dimitri Tiomkin, Bernard Herrmann and John Williams. He was an avid fan of trumpet legend Maurice André so he invited me to record this André classic which happened to be one of Gerhardt's favourite works
Sally Beamish - 'Hoopoe' from 'The Lion and the Deer'. London Mozart Players cond Nicolae Moldoveanu
It was during the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 that the guns of World War I were officially silenced. A Song More Silent is a beautiful commemeration of Remembrance (Armistice) Day, featuring works by today’s leading crop of British choral composers. Sally Beamish's 'The Lion and the Deer' was written for this act of remembrance, recorded 12-13 Nov, 2007   more about A Song more Silent
Jean Hubeau Spiritual from Sonata for Trumpet and Piano Paul Archibald (trumpet) and Juliet Edwards (piano)
The Sonata by Jean Hubeau is one of many superb French pieces for trumpet and piano published by Alphonse Leduc. The Spirtual is the final movement and is written in a lazy, blues-influenced style - lyrical and evocative with a triumphal and challenging ending with regards to stamina and range - it is a must for all aspiring trumpeters and popular with any audience. This recording was made in St Peter's Church, Petersham, Surrey in 2006.
Jealousy arr John Iveson with Philip Jones Brass Ensemble. Soloists are Paul Archibald and James Watson
John Iveson's arrangements for Philip Jones were a key element in the success of the ensemble. Immaculately prepared and skilfully worked, his work represents some of the finest examples of brass orchestration. He was also the leading trombonist of his generation and Jealousy is a a wonderful example of his work. Written as a showcase for the ensemble. John offers a distinctive take on Jacob Gade's classic tango originally composed in 1925.
JS Bach Toccata and Fugue D minor BMW 565 arr Paul Archibald English Brass Ensemble
Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor needs no introduction. It is one of the most distinctive and dramatic works ever to have been composed and is recognisable immediately for it's dramatic and powerful open stanzas. This recording was made for the ASV album, 'Toccata'.
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