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Friday 5th July – 14.00
Lord Rhodes Recital Room
Recital
Mark Bennett – Trumpet
Tone Braaten – Coloratura Soprano

John Irish, Reporter
The afternoon gala concert began with an exciting version of the Intrada by Arthur Honegger performed by trumpeter Mark Bennett and pianist Jonathan Scott. Bennett’s full, rich sound on C trumpet filled the hall as he soared through this piece with ease. Ms. Braaten then took the stage and sang two songs of Gabriel Fauré accompanied by piano. With organ accompaniment (also played by Jonathan Scott) and Bennett on flugelhorn, she sang another Fauré piece, Canticle de Jean Racine. Her finely focused voice added a lovely dimension to the afternoon’s program. Particularly in this third Faurè song, the combination of her voice and flugelhorn merged into one burnished, warm tone color.

Bennett played the piccolo trumpet with organ accompaniment on Hertel’s Concerto in D. His brilliant playing on this piece served as a fine vehicle for his formidable technique. The quick runs of the first movement—as in the triadic melody material—were handled with steady assurance. A warm and rich tone welcomed the difficult middle movement. Crisp tonguing and a stately style permeated the final movement. One can readily see that he brings a wealth of talent and experience to this repertoire.

Arguably the most beautiful Handel aria with trumpet was given a specially touching performance. Eternal Source of Light Divine is an aria of slower pace and longer notes. The artists sang through their emotional lines moving the audience with their poignant expression. Braaten’s sweet voice and Bennett’s piccolo trumpet playing proved a fitting match. The lovely aria, Lascia ch’io pianga from an opera by Handel showed Braaten’s fantastic voice to full advantage. Especially noteworthy were her embellishments on subsequent stanzas. The most basic instrument is the human voice; we would all do well to emulate this wonderful example in our playing.

In Purcell’s Sound the Trumpet many passages blended beautifully; the sensitivity of both artists allowed for each line to be clearly heard. Bennett then performed a Voluntary by Boyce. The marvelous slow opening on organ gave way to the joyous, lively often-heard trumpet tune. His performance was tasteful and included ornamentation that was cleanly executed.

Three arias of Scarlatti for trumpet and soprano represented the final pieces of the concert. Bennett played these on Baroque trumpet and the splendid beauty of this instrument was awesome. He demonstrated how ornaments can liven up the texture. The two recitalists fed off each other’s musicality and were supported beautifully throughout the late afternoon recital by accompanist Jonathan Scott. These performers graciously presented wonderful music, wonderfully performed.

Trumpet Prelude
ITG Composition Competition Prize Winner
Steven Winteregg – Eastwind Variations (for trumpet and midi)
Performed by Cliff Newton

Programme

Honneger – Intrada
Fauré - The Rose of Ispahan
The Mandolin
Cantique de Jean Racine
Hertel - Concerto in D
Handel - “Lascia ch’io pianga”
Boyce - Voluntary
Scarlatti - Three Arias