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Caprice - Alison Balsom / Gardner, Gothenburg Symphony

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 13 in B flat major, K. 333 (K. 315c)
>Piazzolla, Astor : Libertango
>Lindberg, Oskar Frederik : Gammal fäbodpsalm fran Dalarna
>Arban, Jean-Baptiste ". : Variations on a Theme from Bellini's "Norma, " for cornet & piano
>Paganini, Niccolò : Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1
>Falla, Manuel de : Siete canciones populares espanola (7 Popular Spanish Songs), for voice & piano, G. 40
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin in D minor, BWV 1052
>Debussy, Claude : Syrinx
>Tomasi, Henri : Concerto for Trumpet
>Piazzolla, Astor : Escualo
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Notes & Reviews:

Voted Young British Classical Performer of the Year at the 2006 Classical Brits, Alison Balsom follows her critically-acclaimed album Bach: Works for Trumpet with Caprice, a novel and demanding programme of specially arranged popular classical works. The album features sparkling transcriptions of Mozart's 'Rondo alla Turca' and the Queen of the Night's aria (from The Magic Flute) as well as the scintillating 'Variations on Bellini's Norma' by the French virtuoso Jean-Baptiste Arban. Amongst the more lyrical numbers, Balsom plays arrangements of Rachmaninov's haunting Vocalise and the exquisite Nocturne from Tomasi's Trumpet Concerto. She also brings her unique sound to two pieces played by the trumpet alone: Paganini's well-known violin Caprice No.24 and Debussy's Syrinx.

"With such a wide range of styles... this is another infectious performance from a dazzling young British talent in fine form, one whose programming ideas and emerging musical personality go from strength to strength." -Gramophone

BBC Music Magazine
The young British trumpeter Alison Balsom is a real star: resplendent and well-varied tone, crisp attack, absolute ease of production throughout the range.

Classic FM Magazine
What comes across is Balsom's sheer exuberance and joy in making music. Be astonished at the variety of moods the trumpet is capable of.



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Sonata for Piano no 13 in B flat major, K. 333 (K. 315c) :: Rondo alla turca
  • Performers: Alison Balsom (Trumpet); Alison Balsom (E Flat Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Piazzolla, Astor : Libertango
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1974
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Lindberg, Oskar Frederik : Gammal fäbodpsalm fran Dalarna :: Andante
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1936
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Arban, Jean-Baptiste ". : Variations on a Theme from Bellini's "Norma, " for cornet & piano
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Niccolò Paganini (Composer/Violin) (1782 - 1840) : Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1817
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Falla, Manuel de : Siete canciones populares española (7 Popular Spanish Songs), for voice & piano, G. 40
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 11 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1914
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1915
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620 :: Der Hölle Rache (Queen of Night's aria)
  • Performers: Alison Balsom (Trumpet); Alison Balsom (Piccolo Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin in D minor, BWV 1052 :: 2. Andante
  • Performers: Alison Balsom (Trumpet); Alison Balsom (Piccolo Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 6 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1730
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Debussy, Claude : Syrinx
  • Performers: Alison Balsom (Trumpet); Alison Balsom (E Flat Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Tomasi, Henri : Concerto for Trumpet :: 2. Nocturne
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1949
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Piazzolla, Astor : Escualo
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1979
  • Studio/Live: Studio