In Thee is Gladness The Hodel-Lehman Duo
Martin Hodel, trumpet Bradley Lehman, organ
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This CD includes music by Buxtehude, Brahms, Bach, Viviani, Baldassare, Pachelbel, Cellier, Bernstein, Starer, and Lehman. The recording was made at two churches in north Germany. One organ is the
1995 Beckerath in Emden,
and the other is in Greetsiel on the coast.
Future releases on the LaripS label will feature
Bach's keyboard tuning.
This recording #1001 was made before the discovery!
[Reviewed in American Record Guide by Barry Kilpatrick, March/April 2007]
"What a refreshing entry in the too-large body of trumpet-organ recordings! I've heard 50 of them, and
most aren't very enjoyable. This one is. Martin Hodel (...) has a roundness of sound and an ease of tone
production that make for a consistently pleasurable listening experience, and his facility is outstanding.
Organist Bradley Lehman--with his superb technical skills, expressiveness, compositional abilities, and
eclectic interests--is a good match for Hodel." (more...)
In Thee is Gladness
Martin Hodel and Bradley Lehman have produced a remarkable recording for a rather unusual pair of instruments,
trumpet and organ. Most of the 19 pieces are linked loosely by their relationship in one way or another to
music of the church, whether it be variations on a hymn tune from Calvin's Genevan Psalter or a
contemporary tune by Brad; a prelude for a church service or a chorale prelude from the German Lutheran
tradition; a "church sonata" (sonata da chiesa), a melody from Mass, by Leonard Bernstein,
or an "Invocation" of meditative character.
The relative paucity of trumpet-organ literature called for resourceful and imaginative musicians.
This meant, at times, searching for the appropriate modern instrument to replace the early instrument
prescribed. Occasionally it involved making an arrangement by choosing for the trumpet a slow-moving
line of melody in a polyphonic piece. At other times the trumpet was assigned the most florid line.
Perhaps the search for further trumpet-organ music encouraged original compositions along with improvisation.
Brad's moving hymn tune for the Good Friday text, "Throned upon the Awful Tree", brought a more
contemporary style than that of any other hymn in the collection. After its introduction in the organ,
it returns in an arrangement for organ and flugelhorn. In the final version, Marty improvises in an
ornamental style appropriate to the dark and somber character of the melody. The improvisatory skill
of these musicians reaches its height in the playing of the American folk hymn, TENDER THOUGHT.
The quality of the ensemble work is outstanding. Their playing reveals each person's keen attention to the
articulation of the other. This brings unity to their playing of chords and clarity in presenting
distinctive polyphonic lines.
On a personal note, as one of the teachers at Goshen College (Indiana) who had a part in the music
education of Brad and Marty 20 years ago, I find much pleasure in the breadth of styles they present
(from the 16th to late 20th centuries) and in their obvious enjoyment and mastery of the music.
- Mary K. Oyer, December 2004 (from the booklet notes)
Bradley Lehman, organ
Bradley Lehman, born in Indiana and now living in Virginia, is a harpsichordist, organist, composer, researcher, and developer of business software. He has performed solo and ensemble concerts in the US, Canada, Costa Rica, England, and Germany, and as a regular church organist for ten years.
Lehman's publications include a dozen recordings, a hymnal concordance, hymns and arrangements, CD reviews for Christian Century, radio theme music, and a scoring system for the game of bridge.
His 2005 article in Early Music (also featured here at LaripS.com)
describes this keyboard tuning method from JS Bach's evidence: giving the historical context and analyzing its musical and mathematical properties.
Lehman holds a doctorate in harpsichord performance from the University of Michigan. His other degrees, variously from Michigan and Goshen College, are in the fields of musicology, church music, mathematics, and interdisciplinary study of early keyboard instruments.
Martin Hodel, trumpet
Martin Hodel, a native of Harlan, Kentucky, is an active soloist and freelance trumpeter who often performs in the trumpet sections of the Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. As principal and solo trumpet with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Hodel toured the U.S. and Japan, and he has toured coast to coast with the Dallas Brass. He has also shared the stage with jazz artists Joe Henderson, Maria Schneider, Slide Hampton, Claudio Roditi, and Jimmy Heath, and has toured Germany with organist Bradley Lehman as part of the Hodel-Lehman Duo.
Hodel appears as a soloist on seven other compact discs, and has performed a solo live on Garrison Keillor's radio program, A Prairie Home Companion, and on the nationally broadcast MPR program PipeDreams. He currently resides in Northfield, Minnesota where he teaches trumpet and music theory at St. Olaf College.
Hodel holds a doctorate in trumpet performance and a Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and has also earned degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Goshen College.