Anna Segal is a Ukrainian-born composer living in Israel. I first met Anna during one of her visits to London and it was a thrill for me to perform her Trumpet Concerto with the London Mozart Players and to commission her to write a Double Trumpet Concerto, again with the London Mozart Players and my friend and colleague, Peter Wright.
Anna’s works are regularly performed by many orchestras, ensembles including the Berliner Symphoniker, London Mozart Players Orchestra, Ukraine National Philharmonic Orchestra and Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra and, as you’ll hear, her music has a depth and quality that engages immediately engages the listene. Her lyrical style lends itself beautifully to the distinctive sound of the trumpet.
It seemed appropriate, therefore, the first movement of her ‘Requiem to the Old World’ should feature a soprano with trumpet as soloists. At the time of recording the world was locked down as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic so the recording was made virtually in our homes but I hope we were able to do justice to Anna’s exquisite music
The soprano soloist is Magda Marian who is a principal with the Armenian State Opera.