Grondahl, Martin, Tomasi, David

Grondahl, Martin, Tomasi, David

Grondahl, Martin, Tomasi, David

Jacques Mauger - Great Trombone Concertos

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 "From what I know, Jacques Mauger is the first soloist to have rediscovered my father's trombone concerto in 1999. That is worth a first tribute. Since then, he has performed it all over the world: Palermo, Ankara, Japan, North and South America etc. which deserves a special tribute. And last but not least, he is an excellent artist, full of inspiration."  Claude Tomasi

The four pieces so magnificently performed by Jacques Mauger are among the highlights of last two centuries trombone literature. Still underrated, this instrument affirms here a well-earned reputation. 

Ferdinand David wrote his concerto in 1837 upon request of Felix Mendelssohn, at the time conductor of the Gewandshaus Orchestra in Leipzig. The work is dedicated to Karl Traugott Queisser, his violinist and trombone colleague of the orchestra. It is the most popular nineteenth century-written work for the trombone. Jacques Mauger gives the composition a truly special color with a flamboyant, delicate and powerful narrative.

Danish composer Launy Grøndahl’s concerto was written during his stay in Rome in 1924. It is dedicated to the trombone ensemble of the Copenhagen Casino Theater Orchestra, in which he played himself the concertmaster. This concerto in three movements, of post romantic inspiration, brings to light the multiple facets of the instrument. Jacques Mauger respond  here with a particular finesse when confronted to the strength of the piece, to its lyricism and vitality who so harshly strains the soloist.

Henri Frédien Tomasi (1901-1971) was a French composer and conductor of Corsican origin. His musical work is fully innovative. His concerto for trombone, written in 1956, is one of the most arduous pieces of the French repertoire for the instrument. It is built on a succession of expressive and gracious levels. Jacques Mauger manages here to render a color perfectly suited to this difficult work. His virtuosity follows the ever-changing inflexions and the tempi, and his instrument complies with the fluctuating writing of this outstanding composition.

Geneva-born composer Frank Martin (1890-1974) wrote his ballade for trombone and orchestra in 1940. This work, based on a dodecaphonic theme, is certainly one of the most challenging of the whole trombone repertoire. It requests a perfect mastering of the instrument’s technique. In return, it explores every veneers of the trombone, which makes it so sought by soloists. This work, made of epic developments, following a jazz inspired rhythmic, suits perfectly to Jacques Mauger, who shows here his rare virtuosity and subtle expressivity.

Alain Robiolio

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