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Caprice - Alison Balsom / Gardner, Gothenburg Symphony


Release Date: 10/03/2006 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 53255   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartAstor PiazzollaOskar LindbergJean-Baptiste Arban,   ... 
Performer:  Alison Balsom
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The repertoire on Caprice may border on "pops", yet it provides a wide-ranging showcase for British trumpeter Alison Balsom's extraordinary instrumental prowess. Listen to her seamless, flawlessly arched legato lines in Rachmaninov's Vocalise, the Andante from Bach's First Violin Concerto, or the Nocturne from Tomasi's Trumpet Concerto and you wonder if she had traded in her brass and valves for a silken bow, or a tub of butter. She proves that Debussy's Syrinx for Solo Flute can viable on trumpet, although Mozart's second Queen of the Night aria from The Magic Flute is a fiercer, angrier piece of music than Balsom's suave, scrupulously worked out phrasing indicates.

Similarly, for all the impressive control she
Read more brings to Falla's Seven Popular Spanish Songs (in Luciano Berio's ingenuous orchestration), I wish she'd dig into the idiom's earthier tones and embellishments (she should lock herself up for a week with Miles Davis' Sketches of Spain). In fact, in his excellent accompaniments Edward Gardiner takes stylistic matters more into account than does the star soloist. Yet when the music mainly is about technique and fluff, like Arban's Variations on "Casta Diva" or Paganini's 24th caprice, Balsom becomes the Joan Sutherland of the trumpet. At any rate, this release easily explains the enormous buzz and acclaim lavished on Balsom in her native country.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 11 in A major, K 331 (300i): 3rd movement, Rondo alla turca by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alison Balsom (E Flat Trumpet)
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781-1783; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Julian Milone.
Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden (06/19/2006 - 06/22/2006) 
2.
Libertango by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Julian Milone.
Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden (06/19/2006 - 06/22/2006) 
3.
Gammal fäbodpsalm fran Dalarna by Oskar Lindberg
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Sweden 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden 
Length: 4 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Julian Milone.
Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden (06/19/2006 - 06/22/2006) 
4.
Variations on a theme from Bellini's "Norma" by Jean-Baptiste Arban
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden 
Length: 6 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Julian Milone.
Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden (06/19/2006 - 06/22/2006) 
5.
Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1: no 24 in A minor by Niccolò Paganini
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1805; Italy 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Arrangers: Julian Milone; Alison Balsom.
Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden (06/19/2006 - 06/22/2006) 
6.
Canciones populares españolas (7) by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1915; Spain 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden 
Length: 11 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Luciano Berio.
Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden (06/19/2006 - 06/22/2006) 
7.
Songs (14), Op. 34: no 14, Vocalise by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1912-1915; Russia 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden 
Length: 5 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Alison Balsom.
Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden (06/19/2006 - 06/22/2006)
Composition written: Russia (1912 - 1915). 
8.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Der Hölle Rache by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Piccolo Trumpet)
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Alison Balsom.
Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden (06/19/2006 - 06/22/2006) 
9.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, BWV 1041: 2nd movement, Andante by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Piccolo Trumpet)
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden 
Length: 6 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Alison Balsom.
Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden (06/19/2006 - 06/22/2006) 
10.
Syrinx by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Alison Balsom (E Flat Trumpet)
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1913 pub 1927 
Date of Recording: 01/2004 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Cambridge University 
Length: 2 Minutes 43 Secs. 
11.
Concerto for Trumpet: Nocturne by Henri Tomasi
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; France 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden 
Length: 4 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Notes: Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden (06/19/2006 - 06/22/2006) 
12.
Escualo by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
Venue:  Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Julian Milone.
Concert Hall, Gothenburg, Sweden (06/19/2006 - 06/22/2006) 

Sound Samples

Ronda a la Turque
Libertango
Andante - Gammel fäbodpsalm från Dalarna
Variations on Bellini's Norma (Casta Diva)
24 Caprices Op. 1: No. 24 in A minor
7 Canciones populares españolas: El paño moruno
7 Canciones populares españolas: Seguidilla murciana
7 Canciones populares españolas: Asturiana
7 Canciones populares españolas: Jota
7 Canciones populares españolas: Nana
7 Canciones populares españolas: Cancíon
7 Canciones populares españolas: Polo
Vocalise Op. 34 No. 14
Die Zauberflöte, '(The) Magic Flute' K620: Der Hölle Rache
Violin Concerto in A minor BWV1041: II. Andante
Syrinx
Trumpet Concerto: II Nocturne
Esqualo

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