Leopold Mozart and
Neruda trumpet concertos -
'... expect nothing but the best ...'
My first acquaintance with Haydn's perpetually engaging trumpet concerto (1796) was through a sturdy 78rpm recording by Harry Mortimer OBE (1902-1992).
Between 1933 and 1940 Harry Mortimer soloed with the Hallé Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Northern Orchestra. From 1936 till 1940 he lectured in trumpet at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
As a conductor he was famed for numerous successes with the Fairey Aviation Band, Black Dyke Mills Band, Munn & Felton's Bickershaw Colliery Band and Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Bands.
But Mortimer was not first to record the Haydn...
Copyright © 15 February 2011
Masterton, New Zealand