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Bach: Works For Trumpet / Alison Balsom, Et Al


Release Date: 01/10/2006 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 58047   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachGottfried H. Stölzel
Performer:  Colm CareyAlison BalsomMark CaudleAlina Ibragimova,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews





For fanciers of the trumpet and brilliant trumpeting, this is a wonderful disc. Bach, as far as we know, and unlike Telemann, Stölzel, and many other Baroque composers, not to mention Haydn and Hummel who followed them, did not write any concerted works specifically for the trumpet. Nonetheless, his assignment of important obbligato parts to it in a number of his cantatas, orchestral suites, and of course the Brandenburg No. 2, attests both to his appreciation of the instrument and to the high expectations he had for its technical mastery. It must be acknowledged, however, that the Read more instrument Bach was writing for was not the modern valve trumpet we know today. It was, in all probability, the clarino, a valveless piece of plumbing that, through rigorous training, could be coaxed to sound adjacent pitches in a very high register. It must have been brutal to play, and one can only imagine how unreliable its tone production must have been.


None of this, of course, is a concern to Alison Balsom, a young and phenomenally accomplished artist who plays a modern trumpet in these transcriptions of Bach works, two of which happen to be twice transcribed?the Concerto in D after Vivaldi?s op. 9/3 from L?estro armonico and the Concerto in C Minor after Alessandro Marcello?s oboe concerto?both of which Bach himself arranged for keyboard. The Concerto, BWV 1055, here transposed to C, is an original work Bach composed in A, and which is believed to have been intended for oboe or oboe d?amore. The Trio Sonata heard here is No. 5 of the six little organ sonatas, which it is generally accepted that Bach wrote for his son, Wilhelm Friedemann.


Overall, these transcriptions work quite well, and certainly showcase the brilliant talent of Balsom, who studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the Paris Conservatory, and then with world renowned trumpet virtuoso, Håkan Hardenberger. As vehicles for demonstrating her skill and artistry, the faster movements of the concertos, the trio sonata, and of course, the Badinerie, which must surely be an even more formidable challenge to negotiate on the trumpet than it is on the flute, are the most convincing. The slower pieces, especially the Sarabande from the Cello Suite and the ?Agnus Dei? from the Mass, despite the loveliness of Balsom?s tone and the impressiveness of her unwavering pitch and breath control, do not seem to speak with the same emotional warmth as do their original settings.


Still, a very fine recital and introduction (mine anyway) to an exciting young artist. Recommended.


FANFARE: Jerry Dubins
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto in D major after Vivaldi, BWV 972 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Colm Carey (Organ), Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2005 
Venue:  Tonbridge School Chapel, Kent, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Alison Balsom; Colm Carey. 
2.
Suite for Cello solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1008: 4th movement, Sarabande by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2005 
Venue:  Tonbridge School Chapel, Kent, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Alison Balsom. 
3.
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Agnus Dei by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Mark Caudle (Viola da gamba), Alina Ibragimova (Violin), Alastair Ross (Chamber Organ),
Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2005 
Venue:  Tonbridge School Chapel, Kent, England 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Alison Balsom. 
4.
Concerto in D minor after Alessandro Marcello, BWV 974 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet), Colm Carey (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2005 
Venue:  Tonbridge School Chapel, Kent, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Colm Carey. 
5.
Trio Sonata for Organ no 5 in C major, BWV 529 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet), Alastair Ross (Harpsichord), Alina Ibragimova (Violin),
Mark Caudle (Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2005 
Venue:  Tonbridge School Chapel, Kent, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Alison Balsom. 
6.
Partita for Violin solo no 3 in E major, BWV 1006: 7th movement, Gigue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2005 
Venue:  Tonbridge School Chapel, Kent, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Alison Balsom. 
7.
Aria Variata in a, BWV 989 "In the Italian Style" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet), Alastair Ross (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1714; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2005 
Venue:  Tonbridge School Chapel, Kent, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Timothy Jackson. 
8.
Concerto for Oboe d'Amore in A major, BWV 1055 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Colm Carey (Organ), Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 04/2005 
Venue:  Tonbridge School Chapel, Kent, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Colm Carey. 
9.
Suite for Orchestra no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: Badinerie by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2005 
Venue:  Tonbridge School Chapel, Kent, England 
Length: 1 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Alison Balsom.
Composition written: Leipzig, Germany (1738 - 1739). 
10.
Suite for Cello solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1008: 6th movement, Gigue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/2005 
Venue:  Tonbridge School Chapel, Kent, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Alison Balsom. 
11.
Bist du bei mir by Gottfried H. Stölzel
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet), Alastair Ross (Chamber Organ), Mark Caudle (Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 04/2005 
Venue:  Tonbridge School Chapel, Kent, England 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Alison Balsom. 

Sound Samples

Concerto in D Major (after Vivaldi) BWV 972: Allegro
Concerto in D Major (after Vivaldi) BWV 972: Adagio
Concerto in D Major (after Vivaldi) BWV 972: Allegro Assai
Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008: Sarabande
Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008: Gigue
Aria Variata in A Minor (Italian Variations) BWV 989
Partita No. 3 in E BWV1006: Gigue
Trio Sonata in C Major BWV 529: Allegro
Trio Sonata in C Major BWV 529: Largo
Trio Sonata in C Major BWV 529: Allegro
Concerto in C minor (after Marcello) BWV 974: Allegro
Concerto in C minor (after Marcello) BWV 974: Largo
Concerto in C minor (after Marcello) BWV 974: Presto
Klavierbüchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach, II: Aria, BWV508: Bist du bei mir
Concerto in A major BWV 1055 (transposed to C Major): Allegro
Concerto in A major BWV 1055 (transposed to C Major): Larghetto
Concerto in A major BWV 1055 (transposed to C Major): Allegro ma non tanto
Badinerie from Suite No. 2, BWV 1067
Mass in B minor BWV232: Agnus Dei

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