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Alison Balsom

Release Date: 04/03/2012 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 31660   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Astor PiazzollaBenedetto MarcelloTraditionalJames MacMillan,   ... 
Performer:  Alison Balsom
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

“A vehicle of expression” is how Alison Balsom describes the trumpet after its technical and physical demands have been mastered and the instrument’s potential can be fully realized. And as you listen to her play, almost no matter what the repertoire, “expressive” is a word that comes to mind, along with “lyrical”, “warm”, “articulate”, “seductive”—words easily and often associated with the human voice; and indeed, Balsom regards the trumpet as a voice, of many colors, one that “sings” rather than brashly, brassily asserts itself (although she certainly can bring out that more common side of the trumpet’s personality when she wants or needs to).

This is a compilation drawn from
Read more several recordings from the past 10 years, and it’s an intelligently designed program that not only shows Balsom’s versatility and virtuosity, but flows well from piece to piece, sparing us the sudden, jarring juxtapositions of incompatible styles or acoustics we often experience on such collections. From Piazzolla’s Esqualo and Libertango and movements from a Marcello oboe concerto, Bach’s Trio sonata in C major (a very agreeable partnership of trumpet, gamba, and harpsichord), Neruda’s Trumpet concerto in E-flat, and Macmillan’s Seraph for trumpet and string orchestra, we’re led through a wide range of styles and works both originally for trumpet and transcribed for it. Among the latter are Rachmaninov’s Vocalise (which seems to adapt well to whatever instrument it’s arranged for), Debussy’s Syrinx (which Balsom plays in its original flute key), and two songs: a lovely arrangement by Balsom and her pianist, Tom Poster, of “Nobody Knows”, and even more beautiful, her version of “Shenandoah”, accompanied only by organ, as movingly played and “sung” as the sweetest church hymn. This collection is an ideal way to get to know Balsom’s work–and yes, even if you have reservations about an entire disc of trumpet music (and I’m with you on that!), don’t be afraid: this is a pleasure from beginning to end.

-- David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Escualo by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Oboe Concerto in C minor: Adagio by Benedetto Marcello
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Shenandoah by Traditional
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
Written: USA 
Length: 2 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Seraph for Trumpet and String Orchestra: 2. (Adagio) by James MacMillan
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2010; Scotland 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Vocalise-étude for Soprano and Piano by Olivier Messiaen
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Trumpet Concerto in E flat major: Andante by Johann Baptist Georg Neruda
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1740-1775 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Syrinx by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
Written: 1913 pub 1927 
Length: 2 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Sonatas (6) da chiesa for Violin and Basso Continuo: no 1 in D minor by Tomaso Albinoni
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708 
Length: 8 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Nobody knows the trouble I've seen by Traditional
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
Written: USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Gammal fäbodpsalm frän Dalarna, for trombone & ensemble by Oskar Lindberg
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
Period: Modern 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Libertango by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Argentina 
Length: 4 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Trio Sonata for Organ no 5 in C major, BWV 529: 2nd movement, Largo by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14 by Sergey Rachmaninov
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Length: 5 Minutes 4 Secs. 

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