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Haydn, Hummel, Torelli, Neruda: Trumpet Concertos / Alison Balsom


Release Date: 10/14/2008 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 16213   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Nepomuk HummelFranz Joseph HaydnJohann NerudaGiuseppe Torelli
Performer:  Alison Balsom
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Trumpeter Alison Balsom's bold and brilliant playing engenders a fresh-eared listening of the warhorse Haydn and Hummel concertos. Balsom's robust phrasing combined with a confidence that never turns cocky reminds us of the trumpet's history in battle and regalia. But it's not all fanfare and bluster as Balsom produces beautiful, round tone throughout the range, even in the instrument's challenging low notes. There's also much warmth and feeling in her playing, very different from the the reserved cool of Wynton Marsalis in his debut recording featuring these same works.

The program steps backward to the baroque era with the Torelli and Neruda concertos, both appealing works featuring
Read more masterful trumpet writing. Again, Balsom dispatches these with winning panache. The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen provides bracing and lively accompaniment under Thomas Klug's leadership, something you can easily hear as EMI's vivid recording places Balsom in a natural-sounding perspective with the orchestra. There's plenty to enjoy here--certainly for trumpet aficionados, but those who just enjoy great music making will be pleased as well.

--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Trumpet in E flat major, S 49/WoO 1 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 17 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Arne Akselberg.
Audio Producer: John Pedersen. 
2.
Concerto for Trumpet in E flat major, H 7e no 1 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 14 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Arne Akselberg.
Audio Producer: John Pedersen. 
3.
Concerto for Trumpet in E flat major by Johann Neruda
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
Length: 14 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Arne Akselberg.
Audio Producer: John Pedersen. 
4.
Concerto for Trumpet in D major by Giuseppe Torelli
Performer:  Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Arne Akselberg.
Audio Producer: John Pedersen. 

Featured Sound Samples

Trumpet Concerto in D (Torelli): I. Allegro
Trumpet Concerto (Haydn): I. Allegro

Sound Samples

Concerto in E flat major for Trumpet and Orchestra (1806): I. Allegro con spirito
Concerto in E flat major for Trumpet and Orchestra (1806): II. Andante
Concerto in E flat major for Trumpet and Orchestra (1806): III. Rondo
Concerto in E flat for Trumpet & Orchestra Hob. VII e:I: Allegro
Concerto in E flat for Trumpet & Orchestra Hob. VII e:I: Andante
Concerto in E flat for Trumpet & Orchestra Hob. VII e:I: Finale. Allegro
Concerto for Trumpet & Orchestra in D major "Estienne Roger": I. Allegro
Concerto for Trumpet & Orchestra in D major "Estienne Roger": II. Adagio - Presto - Allegro
Concerto for Trumpet & Orchestra in D major "Estienne Roger": III. Allegro
Concerto for Trumpet and Strings in E flat major: I. Allegro
Concerto for Trumpet and Strings in E flat major: II. Largo
Concerto for Trumpet and Strings in E flat major: III. Vivace

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