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Italian Concertos / Alison Balsom, trumpet

Audio Samples

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 3 no 6/RV 356
>Marcello, Alessandro : Concerto for Oboe in D minor
>Albinoni, Tomaso : Concertos à cinque (12), Op. 7
>Benjamin, Arthur : Concerto for oboe & orchestra in C minor (after Domenico Cimarosa)
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in G major ("L'estro armonico" no 3), Op. 3/3, RV 3
>Tartini, Giuseppe : Concerto for Trumpet in D major, D. 53 (arrangement of Violin Concerto in E major)
>Albinoni, Tomaso : Sonata da chiesa, for violin, cello & continuo no 1 in D minor, Op. 4/1 (T. So 26)
>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 3 no 6/RV 356
>Marcello, Alessandro : Concerto for Oboe in D minor
>Albinoni, Tomaso : Concertos à cinque (12), Op. 7
>Benjamin, Arthur : Concerto for oboe & orchestra in C minor (after Domenico Cimarosa)
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in G major ("L'estro armonico" no 3), Op. 3/3, RV 3
>Tartini, Giuseppe : Concerto for Trumpet in D major, D. 53 (arrangement of Violin Concerto in E major)
>Albinoni, Tomaso : Sonata da chiesa, for violin, cello & continuo no 1 in D minor, Op. 4/1 (T. So 26)
>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
Performer Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Following the popular and critical international success of her Haydn and Hummel concertos recording, Alison Balsom has recorded a program of Italian Baroque concertos. In this new recording, Balsom, plays various popular concertos originally composed for the violin or oboe by Vivaldi, Tartini, B. Marcello, Albinoni and Cimarosa, accompanied by the Scottish Ensemble. This collection provides an apt vehicle for the award-winning trumpeter's characteristic brilliance and grace.

International Record Review
This is above all a disc of virtuoso brilliance, with the soloist performing her pyrotechnics with consummate ease; her tone is bright and open yet possessing a creamy timbre throughout the range...Each of the concertos here presents something to delight the ear.

The Independent
It's a typically elegant affair: Balsom's bright tone and tight phrasing on the opening Allegro of "Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in A Minor" gives way to more subtle work on the Largo, with a series of delicate, feathery trills...her nimble fingering on the opening section of [the Albinoni] is supplanted by long, poised notes on the Adagio section. An eloquent performance.

The Telegraph
This cheering disc features the brilliant talent of Alison Balsom and a spruce Scottish Ensemble in six 18th-century concertos...None of the concertos...were originally written for the trumpet. But Balsom's flawless technique and glorious tone make them sound thoroughly natural.

Financial Times
Balsom, sweetly accompanied by the Scottish Ensemble, glides through the decorative slides with ease.

Gramophone Magazine
suave, characterful performances...Wistfulness and exuberance combined come to the fore in the Cimarosa, while Balsom's clear, focused tone irradiates Albinoni's less exciting Oboe Concerto in B flat with a warmth and intensity that is carried over into the penultimate work on the disc, Tartini's D major Trumpet Concerto

Classic FM Magazine
Balsom takes the first movement [of the Vivaldi] at such a lick that it's over before you know it; but the clarity and precision of her articulation make it an exhilarating experience...Her orchestrated version of an Albinoni violin sonata is notable for some nimble playing in the first Allegro.

BBC Music Magazine
Her playing is breathtaking, first in the bubbling fluency of Vivaldi violin concerto allegros...while her fluent technique elicits some exhilarating tempos. No less arresting is her creamy tone in slow movements...Listening to it is nothing short of a life-enhancing experience.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Caird Hall, Dundee (2009-10-30_2009-11-02_2009-).



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Works Details

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin in A minor, Op. 3 no 6/RV 356
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Ensemble: Scottish Ensemble
  • Notes: Caird Hall, Dundee (2009-10-30_2009-11-02_2009-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1711

>Marcello, Alessandro : Concerto for Oboe in D minor
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Ensemble: Scottish Ensemble
  • Notes: Caird Hall, Dundee (2009-10-30_2009-11-02_2009-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1716

>Albinoni, Tomaso : Concertos à cinque (12), Op. 7
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Ensemble: Scottish Ensemble
  • Notes: Caird Hall, Dundee (2009-10-30_2009-11-02_2009-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1715

>Benjamin, Arthur : Concerto for oboe & orchestra in C minor (after Domenico Cimarosa)
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Ensemble: Scottish Ensemble
  • Notes: Caird Hall, Dundee (2009-10-30_2009-11-02_2009-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Violin, strings & continuo in G major ("L'estro armonico" no 3), Op. 3/3, RV 3
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Ensemble: Scottish Ensemble
  • Notes: Caird Hall, Dundee (2009-10-30_2009-11-02_2009-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1711

>Tartini, Giuseppe : Concerto for Trumpet in D major, D. 53 (arrangement of Violin Concerto in E major)
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Ensemble: Scottish Ensemble
  • Notes: Caird Hall, Dundee (2009-10-30_2009-11-02_2009-)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Albinoni, Tomaso : Sonata da chiesa, for violin, cello & continuo no 1 in D minor, Op. 4/1 (T. So 26)
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Ensemble: Scottish Ensemble
  • Notes: Caird Hall, Dundee (2009-10-30_2009-11-02_2009-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1708

>Unspecified : Untitled CD-ROM Track
  • Period Time: Modern