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Legende: Works for Trumpet & Piano / Balsom, Poster


Release Date: 06/03/2016 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 555933   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jean FrançaixGeorge EnescuAlexander GoedickePeter Maxwell Davies,   ... 
Performer:  Alison BalsomTom Poster
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The trumpeter Alison Balsom has a rich Warner Classics catalogue, but this is her first CD recital with piano - here played by her long-standing recital partner, Tom Poster.

Balsom describes the progamme as embracing "the most important repetoire for trumpet and piano" - taking a fascinating journey through 20th century works by such composers as Enescu, Hindemith, Martinu, Francaix, Bernstein and Maxwell Davies. That being said, the final piece - preceding 'American Songbook' encores by Gershwin and Kern - dates from the 21st centruy and was composed by the team of Balsom and Poster themselves. Called The Thoughts of Dr. May, it is inspired by another British musician: Brain May, lead guitarist of the rock band
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The recital was recorded live in London.

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REVIEW:

They make a lovely sound together. I enjoyed the sweetness of Balsom’s muted tone in the central Sarabande of the Françaix and the way that even while articulating brilliantly through Goedicke’s Concert-étude, she can make her lines sing.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonatine for Trumpet and Piano in C major by Jean Françaix
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet), Tom Poster (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; France 
2.
Legende by George Enescu
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet), Tom Poster (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1905; Romania 
3.
Concert Etude for Trumpet and Piano, Op 49 by Alexander Goedicke
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet), Tom Poster (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1946; USSR 
4.
The Yellow Cake Revue: Farewell to Stromness by Peter Maxwell Davies
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet), Tom Poster (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980 
5.
Sonata for Trumpet and Piano by Paul Hindemith
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet), Tom Poster (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; Switzerland 
6.
Sonatine for Piano: 2nd movement, Mouvement de menuet by Maurice Ravel
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet), Tom Poster (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1905; France 
7.
The Thoughts of Dr. May by Tom Poster
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet), Tom Poster (Piano)
8.
Sonatina for Trumpet and Piano by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet), Tom Poster (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; Rome, Italy 
9.
Rondo for Lifey by Leonard Bernstein
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet), Tom Poster (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; USA 
10.
Oh, Kay!: Someone to watch over me by George Gershwin
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet), Tom Poster (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
11.
Swing Time: The Way You Look Tonight by Jerome Kern
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet), Tom Poster (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; USA 

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