This is a fascinating and very enjoyable program of familiar and little known music from the renaissance performed by the Wes10brass. What makes the album unique is that Wes10brass employ both modern and period instruments together, creating a timbrel spectrum more expansive than a group of exclusively one or the other. Brilliant high trumpets and colorful touches of percussion make for some irresistible smiles.
Works by the big names of the period, Holborne, Gabrielli and Praetorius are complemented by works of lesser known composers Girolamo Fantini and Cesare Bendinelli. There’s some wonderfully florid and beautiful music here, and Wes10brass perform brilliantly! Follow the link in the purchase tab for some sound samples.
For our first recording (Very British, ARS 38 066) we selected works from the baroque and contemporary repertoire, played on modern instruments. Inspired by the principles of historically informed performance practice, we make use of period instruments to a greater extent.
On our new program, entitled Old Friends, we play a variety of Baroque instruments in addition to modern instruments. Harry Ries, the ensemble’s ancient music expert, unlocked the acoustic potential of these instruments for us – a sound that is unique, attractive and strikingly different from that of modern instruments. The smaller scale length, the lack of valves on the Baroque trumpet, and the different shapes of the mouthpieces present us, the musicians of the wes10brass ensemble, with an entirely new sound spectrum and, in combination with modern instruments, with a remarkable variety of timbral characteristics.
During the recording of Old Friends we made a conscious decision to use both modern and historical (Baroque) instruments in order to highlight these differences and to reveal the stylistic diversity of the ensemble.
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