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Recordings of the Johann Nepomuk Hummel Trumpet Concerto

By around 1803 the Viennese court trumpeter Anton Weidinger had succeeded in interesting Johann Nepomuk Hummel in his "organized trumpet" and performed the resultant piece to great acclaim in the course of one of his concert tours, with the result that Hummel obliged with a second work. His Concerto a tromba principale received its first performance at the Esterhazy court on 1 January 1804. Weidinger himself is believed to have reworked the piece, at least in part, in order to adapt the writing to the instrument's technical capabilities.

Armando Ghitalla was the first to record this concerto. A student of Ghitalla, Merrill Debski, found a reference to the then totally unknown Hummel concerto by accident in the mid '50's while doing research. The student sent for a copy, planning to do the work on his graduate recital. He did not hear back from the library (the British Museum) in time to see or use it on his recital, and the episode was forgotten. The work, however, did finally show up, but well after the grad student had left. With the work in his hands, the rest is history, including the publishing of the piece by Robert King (Music for Brass No. 801, copyrighted in 1959), with Ghitalla's editing and extensive historical notes by Mary Rasmussen, Ghitalla's Town Hall Concert (in 1958), the recording of the work.

This first recording of the Hummel was done in December 1963 and  January 1964  with "Boston  Chamber Ensemble" and conductor Pierre Monteux. It was recorded in Kresge Auditorium in Cambridge, Massachusetts USA, near Boston. Ghitalla played it in the original key of E major, using a C trumpet.

It is on the Cambridge label, CRS1819. The LP also contains the Albrechtsberger, Concertino in Eb and the Molter, Concerto in D.

Today lots of players all around the world have recorded Hummel. Here is a list of some of those recordings: 
Artist Orchestra / title           
Record Label Year
Agnas, Urban Hummel:
London Mozart Players
Howard Shelley
Chandos #9925 2001
André, Maurice Plays Hummel/L.Mozart. MHS 515108  1965
André, Maurice Classical Trumpet Concertos          Züricher Kammerorchester  EMI Classics
CDC 754086 2 
André, Maurice L'art de Maurice André EMI Classics
CMS 764100 2 (4CD)
Ole Edvard
English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate EMI Classics
(7 54897 2)
Balsom, Alison Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie EMI CLASSICS 2008
Basch, Wolfgang    Koch Schwann 11003 1984
Berinbaum, Martin   English Chamber Orchestra  Vanguard C10098 1992
Bernard, Andre English Chamber Orchestra
George Malcolm
CBS (Uk)
Black, Bibi Philharmonia Orchestra 
Claudio Scimone
Brydenfelt, Michael  Odense Symphony Orchestra CHANNEL CLASSICS 
Cassone, Gabriele
(keyed trumpet)
Academia Montis Regalis,
Alessandro De Marchi
Christensen, Ketil  Boemia Chamber Orchestra
Conductor Hynec Farkac
Rondo 8337 1995
Dokshizer, Timofei Moscow Chamber Orchestra Melodiya/Quintessence 
(PMC 7135)
Eklund, Niklas Swedish Chamber Orchestra/Roy Goodman Naxos 8.554806 1999
Friedrich, Reinhold Academy of
Neville Marriner 
Capriccio (10598) 1992
Friedrich, Reinhold
(keyed trumpet)
Wiener Akademie, 
Martin Haselböck 
Capriccio (10 598) 1995
Gansch, Hans Trompetenkonzerte, Camerata Akademica Salzburg 
Atemmusik Records 1994
Ghitalla, Armando Boston Chamber Ensemble Cambridge (CRS1819) 1963
Güttler, Ludwig  New Bach Collegium Musicum, Leipzig Pro Arte Sinfonia 
Hardenberger, Håkan Academy of St.-Martin-in-the-fields, 
Neville Marriner
(CD 420 203-2)
Harjanne, Jouko Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jukka-Pekka Saraste FINLANDIA 
(CD 4509-96868-2)
Head, Emerson Music for Trumpet and Orchestra Trumpeter Tr-1610-B 1980
Helseth, Tine Thing Norwegian Chamber Orchestra SIMAX
PSC 1292
Herseth, Adolph Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chicago Symph. Store
Kejmar, Miroslav Czech Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra Supraphon 10 4128-1 1987
Kejmar, Miroslav Camerata Istropolitana Naxos 8.550243(CD) 1989
Lang, William Northern Sinfonia Orchestra
Christopher Seaman
Marsalis, Wynton  National Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by: Raymond Leppard
 CBS Masterwork
Marsalis, Wynton English Chamber Orchestra,
Raymond Leppard
Sony Classics
Mellaerts, Manu  Collegium Instrumentale Brugense Aurophon Classics (CD) 1994
Murphy, Maurice Consort of London
Robert Haydon Clarke
Collins Classics Quest (CD) 1992
Nagel, Robert 3rd. Movement Music Minus One 3818  ??
Nakariakov, Sergei Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne Teldec 
Reinhart, Carole Dawn Classical Trumpet
Romm, Ronald   Hal Leonard HL50488693 1989
Sandoval, Arturo Classical Album
London Symphony Orchestra
RCA 62661 1993
05.27-05.29 06.16
Schlueter, Charles Trumpet Concerto
Kyushu Symphony Orchestra
Schwarz, Gerard  New York Chamber Symphony
Gerard Schwarz
 Delos Records 1979
Schwarz, Gerard New York Chamber Symphony Delos 3001 1983
Smedvig, Rolf Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Jahja Ling Telarc
July 3-4
Soustrot, Bernard  Concertos for Trumpet Pierre Ver 788011 1987
Sept. 15-16
Steele Perkins, Crispian (on keyed trumpet)
The Kings Consort/
Robert King
 Hyperion CDA67266
18-21 January
Stevens, Thomas Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra London Records
(CS 6967)
Tarr, Edward Trompetenkonzerte (Hummel, Hertel,
L. Mozart)
Consortium musicum /Lehan
Tarr, Edward "Classical-Romantic Trumpet Concertos" Christophorus
Thibaud, Pierre     1965
Touvron, Guy  Trumpet Playing Festival Forlane 16569  ??
Vosburgh, George Seattle Symph. Orchestra,
Gerard Schwartz
JVC Classics 
Wallace, John The Philharmonia Orchestra Nimbus Records Limited (NIMBUS 2141)  
Webb, Gordon Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Robert Pikler
RCA Red Seal (Australia), VRLI 0078 1984
Wilbraham, John Academy of St.-Martin-in-the-fields EMI Records/Seraphim 
Quinque, Rolf Eugen Duvier conductor Vienna Masters Series (CD) 1990

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