Recital: André Henry and the Lyon Trumpet Ensemble
Jon Burgess, Reviewer
After a cancellation in the program, André Henry and the Lyon Conservatoire Trumpet Ensemble agreed to fill the opening at short notice. André Henry was a student of Pierre Dutot and is now an assistant professor with Dutot at the Lyon Conservatoire and is principal trumpet in the Namtes Symphony Orchestra. Henry opened the program with a breathtaking performance of Arutunian's Concerto. His beautiful tone quality, precise articulation and expressiveness combined to make this an outstanding recital. The Lyon Trumpet ensemble entered the stage next and performed Fanfare by Jacque Petit and Fugue in g minor by J.S. Bach. The ensembles consistent pitch, articulation, and style were impressive.
Henry returned to the stage to play the Haydn Concerto. His gentle articulation and lyrical phrasing made this a memorable performance of the Haydn. This was followed by the Lyon Trumpet Ensemble performance of Cocktails by Jerome Naulais and Perles by Giles Herbillion. Perles uses many percussive sounds such as loosened valve caps, mouthpiece popping, tapping the mouthpiece on the bell that became part of a very original, and entertaining composition for trumpet ensemble.
Henry returned this time in the organ loft to play two movements from the Heroic Marches by Telemann. To give Henry time to return to the stage the Lyon Trumpet Ensemble performed an arrangement of music from Star Wars. Henry entered the stage to perform a rousing version of Hora Staccato to finish the recital. The artistic discipline and talents of André Henry and the students of the Lyon Trumpet Ensemble was greatly appreciated by the audience. I overheard one member of the audience remark as he was leaving the recital hall that this concert alone was worth the price of the conference. (Jon Burgess, assistant professor of trumpet, Texas Christian University)