Giuseppe Tartini (1692 - 1770)
Concert in D
Allegro - Andante
Markus Wuersch, trumpet
Peter Solomon, organ
Recorded at Catholic Church Stans, Switzerland
Cameras, Editing and DVD-Production: Juerg and Marianne Rufer,
Sound: Magnon Recording Studio, Paul Niederberger
A Dingo and Fox Production
© 2008, Markus Wuersch, Peter Solomon
Hochschule der Künste Bern HKB
Musikhochschule Luzern / HSLU
Prof. Markus Würsch
The Swiss trumpet virtuoso Markus Würsch was born in 1955 in Emmetten, Nidwalden in the spectacularly scenic region of lake Lucerne. He studied trumpet and brass ensemble conducting at the Conservatoire in Zurich and Lucerne where he received his degree with honours. He won the coveted Migros competition, and subsequently received a grant which enabled him to spend a year at the Conservatoire Nationale Supérieur in Paris. He also spent time studying with Charles Geyer at the Eastman School of Music (Rochester NY), with Vincent Cichowicz at Northwestern University of Chicago, and with Adolphe Herseth (principal trumpet of Chicago Symphony Orchestra). In 1981 Markus won the audition for principal trumpet with the Tonhalle Orchestra, Zurich, holding this prestigious post for fourteen years. In 1995, he spent a year studying at the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Music, London. There he studied under Michael Laird and Crispian-Steele Perkins (Baroque-Trumpet), Jeremy West (Cornetto) and Phillip Jones (Ensemble Direction). He has performed as soloist at the Lucerne International Festival and with the Tonhalle Orchestra.
With the support of the Swiss National Fund and the Bern University of the Arts, Markus conducted extensive research and subsequently developed a reconstruction of a 19th century keyed trumpet, in collaboration with the instrument maker Konrad Burri. The original instrument, the focus of the research, was found in the private collection of Karl Burri, Zimmerwald, near Bern. With this reconstructed instrument, Markus went on to perform and produce a CD recording of the trumpet concertos of Joseph Haydn and Nepumuk Hummel in June 2013.
For some years now, he performs almost exclusively on historical instruments. He frequently appears with the ensembles “La Cetra” and I Barocchisti (RSI, Italian Swiss Radio) and continues to interpret the Haydn and Hummel trumpet concertos as soloist on the keyed trumpet.
Markus Würsch is professor of Modern, Natural and Romantic trumpet at Bern University of the Arts, and at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.
Peter Solomon was born in Plymouth, England in 1953. He studied piano, organ and harpsichord at the Royal College of Music in London, and achieved the highest honours for his degree. After completing his first degree he was awarded several grants, which made it possible for him to further his studies in Paris, London and Cologne. In 1979 he was a runner-up at the international organ competition in St Albans, England. Since 1997 he has held the post as pianist/organist in the Tonhalle-Orchestra, Zurich. He has performed solos at the Salzburg festival, Lucerne festival and in concerts with many prestigious orchestras, such as the Vienna philharmonic, Berlin philharmonic and "I Musici". He also receives invitations from the USA and the far east. As a sought-after accompanist and chamber musician, Peter Solomon frequently plays in various formations with musicians such as Maurice Andre and Heinz Holliger amoungst others. Peter Solomon appears on many TV, radio, theatre and records. He teaches at the "Musikhochschulen" in Zurich and Lucerne.
1692 - 1770
He studied law at the University of Padua, where he became very good at fencing. After his father's death in 1710, he married Elisabetta Premazone, a woman his father would have disapproved of because of her lower social class and age difference. Unfortunately, Elisabetta was a favorite of the powerful Cardinal Giorgio Cornaro, who promptly charged Tartini with abduction. Tartini fled Padua to go to the monastery of St. Francis in Assisi, where he could escape prosecution; while there he took up playing the violin.
There is a legend that when Giuseppe Tartini heard Francesco Maria Veracini's playing in 1716, he was so impressed by it and so dissatisfied with his own skill, that he fled to Ancona and locked himself away in a room to practice.
Tartini's skill improved tremendously and in 1721 he was appointed Kapellmeister at Il Santo in Padua, with a contract that allowed him to play for other institutions if he wanted to. In Padua he met and befriended fellow composer and theorist Francesco Antonio Vallotti.