An exceptional programme from two consummate performers, blending new arrangements of classical and baroque works with the premiere recording of Roger Steptoe’s Sonata for Trumpet and Organ.
Graham Ashton is professor of Trumpet at Purchase College, New York and as a performer over the past 25 years he has given over 200 master classes and recitals in 21 different countries, recording for Signum, Nimbus, Virgin Classics and many more. Michael Matthes is a similarly esteemed performer - a tenured organist of the Cathedral of Troyes, France and a recipient of the prestigious French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in recognition of his services to music.
"From the first notes of music by the 15th-century Jewish Italian composer Pesaro, the plangent trumpet playing of Graham Ashton and colourful organ registration of Michael Matthes produces a captivating ensemble... Arrangements of baroque works here contrast with Roger Steptoe’s fresh Sonata for Trumpet and Organ, whcih, with its perceptible influence of Hindemith, concludes this enjoyable disc." ***
Matthew Power - Choir & Organ magazine - July/August 2012