Rendez-Vous Royal

Rendez-Vous Royal
Composer Antonio Vivaldi, Alessandro Scarlatti, Johann Sebastian Bach
Artist Otto Sauter piccolo trumpet
Christian Schmitt organ
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 95565
EAN code 5028421955650
Release October 2018

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About this release

On this album of concertos and transcriptions ranging from the Baroque era to the present day, the Instrument of the Kings meets the Queen of Instruments.

This newly recorded album has been compiled by Otto Sauter, one of the leading trumpet virtuosos of our time, who specialises in the piccolo trumpet. He describes it as a ‘fascinating challenge’ to a take concertos originally written by the outstanding composers of the Baroque era for the most prominent treble instruments of their day, the recorder and the violin.

The album accordingly begins with a violin concerto by Vivaldi, with further transcriptions of violinistic showpieces by Corelli and Roberto Valentino. Works originally written for wind instruments include the famous Adagio composed by Marcello as part of his D minor Oboe Concerto, a sinfonia by Alessandro Scarlatti and a sonata by Telemann. The popular appeal of the compilation is enhanced by the inclusion of Albinoni’s Adagio, now in trumpet and organ guise, and a chaconne (not the ubiquitous Canon) by Pachelbel.

The E flat Sonata for transverse flute by Bach is a particular high-point, complemented by two of his grandest works for solo organ, the D major Prelude and Fugue BWV532 with its spectacular closing pedal cadenza, and the Gothic splendour of the G minor Fantasy and Fugue. The E flat Concertino by Albrechtsberger is a thrilling example of late-Baroque trumpet writing, and the collection moves forward chronologically with the F minor Organ Sonata of Mendelssohn.

The sonata is complemented on CD 3 by several world premiere recordings of pieces written for the distinctive combination of trumpet and organ. Appassionata is a Beethoven-inspired sonata by the Lithuanian composer Juraj Filas, and the Adagio by the same composer is a follow-up work commissioned by Otto Sauter. The Dutch composer and conductor Jan Koetsier likewise wrote his Echo Concerto for Sauter (and his teacher, Bo Nilsson), who gave the first performance in 1991. The collection comes full circle with Koetsier’s homage to the brilliance of Baroque trumpet writing, the Partita Op.4 ‘Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen König’.

An original and attractive program of works for trumpet and organ, a “royal” combination, in festive, jubilant and melodious works, both original and arranged. The featured composers are Vivaldi, Bruhns, J.S. Bach, Albinoni (Adagio!), Albrechtsberger, Valentino, Marcello (Adagio), Muffat, Scarlatti, Pachelbel (Canon), Telemann, Corelli, Mendelssohn, Koetsier.
Played by two of the best instrumentalists of today: Otto Sauter, trumpet and Christian Schmitt, organ, a golden duo, masters of their instrument.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Concerto in G Major, RV 310: I. Allegro
  2. Concerto in G Major, RV 310: II. Largo
  3. Concerto in G Major, RV 310: III. Allegro
  4. Prelude in E Minor
  5. Sonata in E-Flat Major, BWV 1033: I. Andante
  6. Sonata in E-Flat Major, BWV 1033: II. Allegro
  7. Sonata in E-Flat Major, BWV 1033: III. Adagio
  8. Sonata in E-Flat Major, BWV 1033: IV. Menuett
  9. Prelude & Fugue in D Major, BWV 532: I. Prelude
  10. Prelude & Fugue in D Major, BWV 532: II. Fugue
  11. Adagio in G Minor
  12. Concertino in E-Flat Major: I. Moderato
  13. Concertino in E-Flat Major: II. Menuett
  14. Concertino in E-Flat Major: III. Larghetto
  15. Concertino in E-Flat Major: IV. Vivace
  16. Adagio from Oboe Concerto in D Minor

Disk 2

  1. Sonata in D Minor: I. Adagio
  2. Sonata in D Minor: II. Allegro
  3. Sonata in D Minor: III. Adagio
  4. Sonata in D Minor: IV. Allegro
  5. Toccata Octava in G Major
  6. Sinfonia in G Major: I. Grave
  7. Sinfonia in G Major: II. Allegro
  8. Sinfonia in G Major: III. Allegro
  9. Sinfonia in G Major: IV. Sarabande
  10. Sinfonia in G Major: V. Gigue
  11. Ciaconna in F Minor, P.43
  12. Sonata in B-Flat Major, TWV 41:f1: I. Cantabile
  13. Sonata in B-Flat Major, TWV 41:f1: II. Allegro
  14. Sonata in B-Flat Major, TWV 41:f1: III. Grave
  15. Sonata in B-Flat Major, TWV 41:f1: IV. Vivace
  16. Fantasy and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 542: I. Fantasy
  17. Fantasy and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 542: II. Fugue
  18. Sonata in E-Flat Major: I. Preludio
  19. Sonata in E-Flat Major: II. Allegro
  20. Sonata in E-Flat Major: III. Adagio
  21. Sonata in E-Flat Major: IV. Vivace
  22. Sonata in E-Flat Major: V. Gavotte
  23. Adagio in G Minor

Disk 3

  1. Adagio
  2. Apassionata: I. Grave
  3. Apassionata: II. Allegro
  4. Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 65: I. Allegro moderato e serioso
  5. Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 65: II. Adagio
  6. Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 65: III. Andante recitativo
  7. Sonata No. 1 in F Minor, Op. 65: IV. Allegro assai vivace
  8. Echo Concert, Op. 124: I. Allegro
  9. Echo Concert, Op. 124: II. Larghetto
  10. Echo Concert, Op. 124: III. Allegro moderato
  11. Partita “Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen König”, Op. 4: I. Allegro
  12. Partita “Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen König”, Op. 4: II. Andante sostenuto
  13. Partita “Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen König”, Op. 4: III. Vivace
  14. Partita “Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen König”, Op. 4: IV. Moderato
  15. Partita “Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen König”, Op. 4: V. Andante maestoso