Legende: Works for Trumpet & Piano / Balsom, Poster

Release Date: 6/3/2016
Catalog Number: 555933
Number of Discs: 1

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Notes and Editorial Reviews
The trumpeter Alison Balsom has a rich Warner Classics catalogue, but this is her first CD recital with piano - here played by her long-standing recital partner, Tom Poster.

Balsom describes the progamme as embracing "the most important repetoire for trumpet and piano" - taking a fascinating journey through 20th century works by such composers as Enescu, Hindemith, Martinu, Francaix, Bernstein and Maxwell Davies. That being said, the final piece - preceding 'American Songbook' encores by Gershwin and Kern - dates from the 21st centruy and was composed by the team of Balsom and Poster themselves. Called The Thoughts of Dr. May, it is inspired by another British musician: Brain May, lead guitarist of the rock band Queen - and also, as it happens, an astrophysicist.

The recital was recorded live in London.

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REVIEW:

They make a lovely sound together. I enjoyed the sweetness of Balsom’s muted tone in the central Sarabande of the Françaix and the way that even while articulating brilliantly through Goedicke’s Concert-étude, she can make her lines sing.

– Gramophone
Works on This Recording
1. Sonatine for Trumpet and Piano in C major by Jean Françaix
Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet), Tom Poster (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1952 ; France
2. Legende by George Enescu
Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet), Tom Poster (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: circa 1905 ; Romania
3. Concert Etude for Trumpet and Piano, Op 49 by Alexander Goedicke
Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet), Tom Poster (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1946 ; USSR
4. The Yellow Cake Revue: Farewell to Stromness by Peter Maxwell Davies
Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet), Tom Poster (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1980 ;
5. Sonata for Trumpet and Piano by Paul Hindemith
Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet), Tom Poster (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1939 ; Switzerland
6. Sonatine for Piano: 2nd movement, Mouvement de menuet by Maurice Ravel
Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet), Tom Poster (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1903-1905 ; France
7. The Thoughts of Dr. May by Tom Poster
Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet), Tom Poster (Piano)
8. Sonatina for Trumpet and Piano by Bohuslav Martinu
Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet), Tom Poster (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1956 ; Rome, Italy
9. Rondo for Lifey by Leonard Bernstein
Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet), Tom Poster (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1950 ; USA
10. Oh, Kay!: Someone to watch over me by George Gershwin
Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet), Tom Poster (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1926 ; USA
11. Swing Time: The Way You Look Tonight by Jerome Kern
Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet), Tom Poster (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1936 ; USA
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