Martijn Padding's 'One Trumpet' is a spectacular trumpet solo and Wim Van Hasselt delivers it with amazing confidence and panache.
Van Hasselt is an exceptionally fine player with all the equipment in his armoury to delight, surprise and challenge the listener at every turn. […] Van Hasselt’s latest project is testament to the brave, rich and resonant style of exceptional continental trumpet playing which, on this evidence, can be both epic and poetic.
In this outstanding collection of new and little-known works, Belgian trumpeter Wim Van Hasselt goes on a musical journey to nine countries. Van Hasselt’s playing is lovely, as is the accompaniment by the unusual ensemble of strings, bassoon, and three horns. In this superb reading, Van Hasselt and pianist Takezawa are joined by one of the world leading trombonists, Jörgen van Rijen.
The pieces span several centuries and provide a wonderful platform for Van Hasselt to demonstrate his mastery over a broad range of styles and his infallible technique. A fine release, well worth acquiring!