Berlin Phil/Mahler 5

Discussion in 'Orchestra / Solo / Chamber Music' started by latinjazzcat, Dec 25, 2004.

  1. latinjazzcat

    latinjazzcat Pianissimo User

    Nov 5, 2003
    West Virginia
    I've been checking out a recording of the Berlin Phil (recorded 2002, Simon Rattle conducting) question is, would it be safe to assume that the trumpet section is using rotary trumpets? From what I've gathered, it seems like that would be the norm, but I ask because they're achieving a timbre I don't usually associate with rotary trumpets (much more brilliant than what I'm used to hearing). Thanks for any input, and happy holidays!
  2. MahlerBrass

    MahlerBrass Piano User

    Oct 1, 2004
    Houston, TX
    If that recording is the same as the DVD then yes, they're using rotary trumpets, it's a great recording and would highly suggest getting it.
  3. James Smock

    James Smock New Friend

    Sep 30, 2004
    Pacific Northwest
    The principal is using a 4 valve rotary C. I think B flat's are the standard over there, so the more brilliant sound is probably due to the smaller horn. Nice ears!
  4. blutch

    blutch Pianissimo User

    Dec 25, 2004
    Oklahoma City
    Typically, the principal will play a rotary C and the others will play rotary Bb's. Something about maintaining the sanctity of the brass pyramid.


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