With this release Alison records on the natural trumpet for the first time since the hugely successful album Sound the Trumpet. Inspired by seasonal Baroque repertoire, the recording includes Bach’s concertos by Corelli, Torelli, and Fasch performed with the Academy of Ancient Music under the direction of violinist Pavlo Beznosiuk. The Schübler Chorales and In dulce jubilo by Bach, performed in arrangements for trumpet and organ played here by Stephen Cleobury, act as a beautiful foil to the full orchestral sound of the concertos. Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring featuring Stephen Cleobury and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge tops off this Christmas cracker of an album. This classy winter-themed album is a perfect core classicalRead more seasonal offering.
For the scores by Fasch, Torelli, and Corelli accompanied by period instrument ensemble Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) under the direction of Pavlo Beznosiuk, Balsom plays the valveless natural trumpet. The remaining pieces by J.S. Bach are accompanied by solo organ and, for a single work with the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and organ, Balsom has chosen the modern trumpet. The programme is laid out with alternate works played with the natural and modern trumpet.
Especially enjoyable is the Fasch Trumpet Concerto in D major from the 1740s, with its glorious central Largo, such a fresh and invigorating score. It’s always a joy to hear Corelli’s ‘Christmas Concerto’ composed around 1690 for Christmas night with its comforting bucolic appeal. Throughout, Balsom is given lively and highly polished support from the AAM. The undoubted highlight of the album is Bach’s celebrated Chorale – Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, which sounds quite magnificent with Balsom joined by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge and organist Tom Etheridge.
Direct, fluid and unfussy, with impeccable virtuosity, Balsom is in commanding form during this album of Christmas-themed Baroque works.
Maybe the best trumpet player in the world todayJanuary 19, 2017By C. Pryor (Campbell, CA)See All My Reviews"Alison Balsom just keeps getting better and better. She is carrying on the legacy of Maurice Andre. Beautiful tone, varied dynamics and so very musical! I buy every CD she makes."Report Abuse
Alison BalsomJanuary 8, 2017By Ann P. (Strongsville, OH)See All My Reviews"This is a wonderful work that I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys listening to a marvelous trumpet player."Report Abuse