Niklas Eklund & Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble – The Art Of The Baroque Trumpet, Vol. 1 (1995)

FrontCover1Niklas Eklund (born 1969) is a Swedish trumpeter. He was born in Gothenburg into a musical family; his father, Bengt, was a noted trumpeter and conductor. Eklund studied with his father, as well as at the School of Music and Musicology of the University of Gothenburg.

Further studies took place under the tutelage of Edward H. Tarr at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. After five years as solo trumpeter with the Basel Radio Symphony Orchestra, Eklund left the orchestra in the autumn of 1996 to pursue a solo career. Since then he has appeared with many leading musicians and conductors, including Cecilia Bartoli, Zubin Mehta, John Eliot Gardiner, Heinz Holliger, András Schiff, John Foster, Iván Fischer and Gustav Leonhardt.

In 1996, Eklund won first prize at the first Altenburg International Baroque Trumpet competition, held in Bad Säckingen, Germany.

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As a specialist on the notoriously difficult baroque trumpet, he demonstrates exceptional interpretive skill coupled with a high degree of control and precision. Christopher Martin, Principal Trumpet of the New York Philharmonic, says: “Niklas Eklund’s Art of the Baroque Trumpet series [on Naxos], is the most lyrically gorgeous trumpet playing you’ll ever hear.”

Eklund has played an extensive part in the “Bach Pilgrimage” series of performances and recordings directed by Sir John Eliot Gardiner (available on Deutsche Grammophon Archiv CDs), beginning in the year 2000. Besides giving concerts in Sweden and Europe, Eklund has appeared as a guest performer and teacher in the USA, Australia, the Ukraine, Russia and New Zealand. (wikipedia)

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And here´s a wonderful album with his very unique trumpet sound … with rare compositions from Leopold Mozart (yes, the father of Wolfgang Amaeus Mozart !) or Johann Melchior Molter and compostions from Henry Prucell and Georg Friedrich Händel

Enjoy all these beautiful melodies from the Baroque period of classic music !

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Personnel:
Niklas Eklund (trumpet)
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Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble conducted by Nils-Erik Sparf

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Tracklist:

Georg Philipp Telemann: Trumpet Concerto No. 1 In D Major:
01. Adagio 2.00
02. Allegro 2.01
03. Grave 1.42
04. Allegro 1.50

Johann Melchior Molter: Trumpet Concerto No. 1 In D Major:
05.  Allegro 3.30
06. Adagio 5.16
07. Allegro 2.40

Johann Friedrich Fasch: Trumpet Concerto In D Major:
08. (Allegro) 2.07
09. Largo 1.09
10. Allegro 3.01

Leopold Mozart: Trumpet Concerto In D Major:
11. Andante 5.13
12. Allegro Moderato 5.47

Giuseppe Torelli: Sonata In D Major:
13. Andante 2.29
14. Allegro) 1.44
15. Grave 2.38
16. Allegro 1.44

Henry Purcell: Trumpet Concerto In D Major:
17. Allegro 1.16
18. Adagio 2.02
19. Allegro 1.27

Georg Friedrich Händel: Mr Handel’s Celebrated Water Piece (Suite In D Major):
20. Ouverture 1.48
21. Allegro (Gigue) 1.47
22. Air (Minuet) 1.57
23. March (Bourrée) 1.08
24. March 1.09

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