David Brubeck, bass trombone
Domingo Pagliuca, tenor trombone
Jose Sibaja, trumpet
Brian Neal, solo trumpet
A boy from North Germany for whom a loving mother snuck a harpsichord into the attic. The man whom learnt his Operatic trade in Italy amongst admirers who called him “The Bohemian” returned to Europe and her most prominent satellite to write Operas more! All the while inventing the Organ Concerto and defining the Oratorio for all time with his masterpiece “The Messiah” and it’s iconic “Hallelujah Chorus”.
Handel is at once alluringly melodic while intensely and rhythmically intricate. It was Handel’s portrait that hung above the bed of a young Ludvig van Beethoven and to which the youthful virtuoso would awaken inspired, invigorated and challenged.
At his operatic best, Handel’s “Lascia ch’io pianga” has been sung by many the greatest vocalists that succeeded it, and a played by more than a few succeeding instrumentalists, as well. Here, the delightful turns pf phrase and depths of expression are balanced with the restraint of delicacy by our very own Brian Neal. Enjoy!
c. 2023 David Brubeck/Dave Brubeck the younger