Music: Brandenburg Blower

Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 is rarely played in the concert hall—and even more rarely played well. But Bach himself would have been pleased with last week's performance by the Hamburg Chamber Orchestra, and the Hamburg Musikhalle echoed to a stamping, shouting ovation. The orchestra had provided a dividend: playing the fiendishly difficult trumpet part was perhaps the best classical trumpeter in Europe—the North German Radio Orchestra's pint-sized (5 ft. 1 in.), portly (187 Ibs.) Adolf Scherbaum.

The source of Trumpeter Scherbaum's appeal is his mastery of the baroque trumpet. A shorter instrument...

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