This is what Reinhold Friedrich himself explains about his latest albums, Blumine and Listen to Our Cry:
On our album Blumine, we put together original works for trumpet and piano as well as arrangements for this setting, and we also dare to record three songs by Gustav Mahler (1860 – 1911), Victor Nessler (1841 – 1890), and Richard Strauss (1864 – 1949) without lyrics.
Taken together, this recording explores a new image that the trumpet may have had in Romanticism. The main attraction of working primarily on the music of two very contrasting composers, Mahler and Strauss, is actually obvious: both of them wrote very prominent trumpet parts in their orchestral works, but they never created a piece for the trumpet as a solo instrument.
Those who know the trumpet parts of Strauss’ operas Der Rosenkavalier, Elektra, Salome and Die ägyptische Helena, as well as of Gustav Mahler’s ten symphonies, are well aware that it would have been easy for these authors to write brilliant solo concertos for our instrument (and, if we also take into account other works such as Scriabin’s The Poem of Ecstasy or Schmidt’s Symphony No. 4, our painful tragedy becomes even greater and more desperate). This is what explains our daring venture.
Listen to Our Cry is a recording with a unique program. We musicians are all nomads. In this album, each of the five selected composers decided to develop their activity outside their country of birth. The different artistic ways of dealing with such a diaspora make this selection so exciting.
Benjamin Yusupov was born in the Soviet Republic of Tajikistan (1962) and now lives in Israel; his musical language combines folk traditions from different cultures, from Asia to Africa. Ivan Fischer, born in Budapest (1951), comes from a Jewish family of musicians and now lives in Berlin; as a composer, he is increasingly committed to preserving Yiddish traditions and language. Giya Kancheli (1935 – 2019) was born in Tbilisi (Georgia), emigrating to Belgium after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1992, and, as an avant-garde composer, wrote in many eclectic styles, from symphonies to pop songs and film music. Alan Hovhaness (1911 – 2000), born in the United States of Armenian-Scottish descent, brings a Christian perspective to this volume; his work Haroutioun means “resurrection” in Armenian. The CD ends with a piece by Italian-Jewish composer Luca Lombardi (b. 1945) entitled Predáh, which in Hebrew translates as “separation” or “farewell,” dedicated to the memory of conductor Claudio Abbado who passed away in 2014.