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Legend: Works for Trumpet and Piano by Enescu, Hindemith, Martinu, Francaix, Bernstein & Maxwell Davies / Alison Balsom, trumpet; Tom Poster, piano

Album Summary

>Françaix, Jean [Composer] : Sonatine for trumpet & piano in C major
>Enescu, George [Composer] : Légende, for trumpet & piano
>Goedicke, Alexander : Concert étude, for trumpet & piano, Op. 49
>Maxwell Davies, Peter : The Yellow Cake Revue
>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for trumpet & piano
>Ravel, Maurice : Sonatine for Piano
>Poster, Tom : The Thoughts of Dr. May, for trumpet & piano
>Martinu, Bohuslav : Sonatina for trumpet & piano, H. 357
>Bernstein, Leonard : Rondo for Lifey, for trumpet & piano (from "Brass Music")
>Gershwin, George : Oh, Kay!
>Kern, Jerome : Swing Time
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Notes & 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.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2016
They make a lovely sound together... I enjoyed the sweetness of Balsom's muted tone in the central Sarabande of the Frantaix and the way that even while articulating brilliantly through Goedicke's Concert-Ttude, she can make her lines sing.

The Arts Desk
Balsom's sotto voce playing is delicious, and the recording is nicely balanced.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St. George's Bristol, UK (2015-10-12_2015-10-13&2016-).



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>Françaix, Jean [Composer] : Sonatine for trumpet & piano in C major
  • Performers: Alison Balsom (Trumpet); Tom Poster (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's Bristol, UK (2015-10-12_2015-10-13&2016-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1950

>Enescu, George [Composer] : Légende, for trumpet & piano
  • Performers: Alison Balsom (Trumpet); Tom Poster (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's Bristol, UK (2015-10-12_2015-10-13&2016-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1906

>Goedicke, Alexander : Concert étude, for trumpet & piano, Op. 49
  • Performers: Alison Balsom (Trumpet); Tom Poster (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's Bristol, UK (2015-10-12_2015-10-13&2016-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Maxwell Davies, Peter : The Yellow Cake Revue
  • Performers: Alison Balsom (Trumpet); Tom Poster (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's Bristol, UK (2015-10-12_2015-10-13&2016-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1980

>Hindemith, Paul : Sonata for trumpet & piano
  • Performers: Alison Balsom (Trumpet); Tom Poster (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's Bristol, UK (2015-10-12_2015-10-13&2016-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Ravel, Maurice : Sonatine for Piano :: Mouvement de menuet
  • Performers: Alison Balsom (Trumpet); Tom Poster (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's Bristol, UK (2015-10-12_2015-10-13&2016-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1903-1905

>Poster, Tom : The Thoughts of Dr. May, for trumpet & piano
  • Performers: Alison Balsom (Trumpet); Tom Poster (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's Bristol, UK (2015-10-12_2015-10-13&2016-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Martinu, Bohuslav : Sonatina for trumpet & piano, H. 357
  • Performers: Alison Balsom (Trumpet); Tom Poster (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's Bristol, UK (2015-10-12_2015-10-13&2016-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 02/02/1956

>Bernstein, Leonard : Rondo for Lifey, for trumpet & piano (from "Brass Music")
  • Performers: Alison Balsom (Trumpet); Tom Poster (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's Bristol, UK (2015-10-12_2015-10-13&2016-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947-1948

>Gershwin, George : Oh, Kay!
  • Performers: Alison Balsom (Trumpet); Tom Poster (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's Bristol, UK (2015-10-12_2015-10-13&2016-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1926

>Kern, Jerome : Swing Time
  • Performers: Alison Balsom (Trumpet); Tom Poster (Piano)
  • Notes: St. George's Bristol, UK (2015-10-12_2015-10-13&2016-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern