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Storyteller / Tine Thing Helseth


Release Date: 01/24/2012 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 0883282  
Composer:  Sergei RachmaninovAntonín DvorákLéo DelibesJean Sibelius,   ... 
Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


I don’t want to inflame passions if I talk of an EMI blonde trumpeter face-off between Alison Balsom and newcomer Tine Thing Helseth, The record company seems to have decided however that the Norwegian player should concentrate on arrangements rather than compete, for now, against their star brass player in concertos. Added to this is the fact that Helseth contributes a rock-star like Thank You credit list in the booklet notes. George Eskdale never did this sort of thing and neither did Harry Mortimer, but then times have changed.
 
I don’t want to comment on how strange Helseth’s name must seem to an Anglophone reader – maybe T.T. Helseth would give her a bit of ZZ Top pizzazz. How she positions herself, or
Read more allows herself to be positioned musically, is probably more to the point. She’s been playing these arrangements for some time, it appears, but one wouldn’t necessarily like to see her typed as a trumpet-lite purveyor. She has a fine tone, and a good instinct for tonal colour and legato shaping. Clearly she likes narrative; her whole disc is predicated on the idea of telling a story, and she manages to ‘sing’ fluently and evenly throughout, accompanied by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under Eivind Aadland.
 
She vests Rachmaninov’s song with just the right amount of rounded warmth, proves lyrical in Dvorák, and displays a rich cantilena in the Delibes. In the Sibelius song Soluppgĺng Op.37 No. 3 she is careful to pay service to its one terse outburst as well as to its more refined qualities. She proves a calming presence in Korngold, allowing it a truly vocalised quality – essential, really, given that it’s Marietta’s Lied from Die tote Stadt.
 
For Grieg’s Haugtussa she is joined by pianist Hĺvard Gimse and their intimacy demonstrates an expressive affection throughout these settings. The final song reserves the greatest quality of elegy, another component that Helseth exemplifies when necessary. She’s joined by Jonathan Aasgaard and the orchestra for José María Cano’s Epílogo. Two of Canteloube’s Chants d'Auvergne make for good programming as well.
 
The sound is attractive. The spatial questions in the Cano - where her trumpet is deliberately placed backwardly – are all well met. Pan-European melodies arranged for trumpet may not sound as snappy as ‘Storyteller’, but T.T. Helseth certainly tells her stories nicely.
 
-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Songs (12), Op. 21: no 7, How fair this spot by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Russia 
2.
Zigeunermelodien (7), Op. 55: no 4, Als die alte Mutter by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Bohemia 
3.
Les Filles de Cadiz "Chanson Espagnole" by Léo Delibes
Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: France 
4.
Songs (5), Op. 37: no 4, Was it a dream? by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Finland 
5.
Songs (5), Op. 37: no 3, Sunrise by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1902; Finland 
6.
Runeberg Songs (7), Op. 13: no 4, Spring is flying by Jean Sibelius
Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Finland 
7.
Lieder (5), Op. 41: no 1, Wiegenlied by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1899; Germany 
8.
Des Knaben Wunderhorn: no 4, Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht? by Gustav Mahler
Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892-1898; Hamburg, Germany 
9.
Die tote Stadt, Op. 12: Glück, das mir verblieb "Mariettalied" by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Vienna, Austria 
10.
Haugtussa, Op. 67 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Norway 
11.
Luna: Epílogo by José Maria Cano
Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Spain 
12.
Samson et Dalila, Op. 47: Mon coeur s'ouvre ŕ ta voix by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 
13.
Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 1 - no 1, La pastoura als camps by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
14.
Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 3 - no 5, Malurous qu'o uno fenno by Joseph Canteloube
Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923-1930; France 
15.
Je ne t'aime pas by Kurt Weill
Performer:  Tine Thing Helseth (Trumpet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; France 

Sound Samples

Zdes' khorosho
Als die alte Mutter Op 55.4
Les Filles de Cadix
Vĺren flyktar hastigt Op.13 Nr4
Soluppgĺng Op.37 Nr 3
Var det en dröm Op.37 Nr 4
Wiegenlied Op.41 Nr 1
Wer hat dies liedel erdacht?
Marietta's Lied (from 'Die tote Stadt')
Das Kind der Berge Op 67 (The Mountain Maid): Lockung (Allurement)
Das Kind der Berge Op 67 (The Mountain Maid): Das Kind der Berge (The Mountain Maid)
Das Kind der Berge Op 67 (The Mountain Maid): In den Heidelbeeren (Among the Bilberries)
Das Kind der Berge Op 67 (The Mountain Maid): Stelldichein (The Tryst)
Das Kind der Berge Op 67 (The Mountain Maid): Liebe (Love)
Das Kind der Berge Op 67 (The Mountain Maid): Zickeltanz (Kid-Dance)
Das Kind der Berge Op 67 (The Mountain Maid): Ein böser Tag (An Evil Day)
Das Kind der Berge Op 67 (The Mountain Maid): Am Bergbach (The Mountain Brook)
'Epílogo' noche de luna
Mon coeur s'ouvre ŕ ta voix (from Samson and Delilah)
La pastoura al camps (from Chants d'Auvergne No.1)
Malurous Qu'o uno Fenno (from Chants d'Auvergne Series 3 no 5)
Je ne t'aime pas

Customer Reviews

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 Wonderful Sound! March 23, 2013 By S. Meyer (Longmont, CO) See All My Reviews "I heard track #9 by Korngold Marietta's Lied on the radio and immediately bought the CD. I love trumpet when it sounds like this, sort of gets under your skin and into your soul. Has a hauntingly beautiful feeling to it." Report Abuse
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