World premiere recordings of Hummel with Solamente naturali

The Dutch publisher Brilliant Classics has introduced three new CD`s by the ensemble for early music, Solamente naturali, onto the market, two of these with music by the Bratislava-born composer Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778–1837). Hummel`s opera Mathilde von Guise is rarely found in standard repertoire and the historically first recording, a work which was never even heard on concert stages during the 20th century, has been revived. The modern premiere of the work was rehearsed with Solamente naturali, forming the basis for the first recording of the opera. Various Slovak musicians are members of the international orchestration – apart from Solamente naturali (artistic leader Miloš Valent), it includes the choir Alea (artistic leader Branislav Kostka) and vocal soloists: Eva Žučková and Ondrej Ľaling. The opera was studied in by the French conductor Didier Talpain. Mathilde de Guise, dating back to 1810, was one of 15 operas composed by Johann Nepomuk Hummel, who was more famous as a piano virtuoso of the time and composer of piano music, and for his most well-known work today, the Concerto for Trumpet.

The second Hummel work including members of Solamente naturali is the recording of the Piano Septets Op. 74 and Op. 114. The Slovak ensemble once again performs in a unique project, this time presenting less familiar works from the composer`s chamber music compositions. Septet Op. 74 draws attention to Hummel`s mature artistic compositional expression, Op.114 by instrumentation of the trumpet as one of the instruments, secondary to the brilliant piano part.

The threesome of CD`s by Brilliant Classics is completed by the four "Hamburg Symphonies" of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, which the ensemble Solamente naturali recorded under the leadership of Didier Talpain.