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Alison Balsom / Bach, Debussy, Piazzolla, etc.

Audio Samples

>Piazzolla, Astor : Escualo
>Marcello, Benedetto : Concerto for Oboe in C minor
>     Adagio
>Traditional, American : Shenandoah, folk song
>MacMillan, James : Seraph for Trumpet and String Orchestra
>     2. (Adagio)
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
>Messiaen, Olivier : Vocalise-Etude for Clarinet and Piano
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Trio Sonata in C major, BWV 529
>     Largo
>Neruda, Johann Baptist Georg : Concerto for Trumpet in E flat major
>     Andante
>Debussy, Claude : Syrinx
>Albinoni, Tomaso : Sonata da chiesa, for violin, cello & continuo no 1 in D minor, Op. 4/1 (T. So 26)
>Traditional Spiritual : Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
>Lindberg, Oskar Frederik : Gammal fabodpsalm fran Dalarna, for trombone & ensemble
>Piazzolla, Astor : Libertango

Album Summary

>Piazzolla, Astor : Escualo
>Marcello, Benedetto : Concerto for Oboe in C minor
>Traditional, American : Shenandoah, folk song
>MacMillan, James : Seraph for Trumpet and String Orchestra
>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
>Messiaen, Olivier : Vocalise-Etude for Clarinet and Piano
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Trio Sonata in C major, BWV 529
>Neruda, Johann Baptist Georg : Concerto for Trumpet in E flat major
>Debussy, Claude : Syrinx
>Albinoni, Tomaso : Sonata da chiesa, for violin, cello & continuo no 1 in D minor, Op. 4/1 (T. So 26)
>Traditional Spiritual : Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
>Lindberg, Oskar Frederik : Gammal fabodpsalm fran Dalarna, for trombone & ensemble
>Piazzolla, Astor : Libertango
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

British trumpet sensation Alison Balsom is poised to take the U.S. by storm, and this new self-titled album heralds her first mass-market foray and marks the beginning of what promises to be a very busy year for her. The 13 tracks on Alison Balsom, each chosen carefully from her six EMI Classics albums, combine to offer a compelling portrait of her artistic achievements up to this point, while also pointing in the direction of what's to come. Although the music is extraordinarily varied, all of the tracks share an emotional immediacy and listenability - whether it be the singing strains of a Bach Sarabande, the mysterious melodic swirling of Debussy's Syrinx, the smoldering dance rhythms of a Piazzolla tango, or the hymn-like profundity of American standards like "Shanendoah" or "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen" (from her last album Seraph, a collection of modern works). The awards and accolades around Balsom continue to pile up - she's twice been named the Classical BRIT 'Female Artist of the Year,' along with a host of other international awards, numerous television appearances including The Late Show with David Letterman, and even a performance on Prairie Home Companion. August 2012 will mark Balsom's Hollywood Bowl performance debut, and will also see her touring all major U.S. markets.

ClassicsToday
This is a compilation drawn from several recordings from the past 10 years, and it's an intelligently designed program that not only shows Balsom's versatility and virtuosity, but flows well from piece to piece... We're led through a wide range of styles and works both originally for trumpet and transcribed for it. Among the latter are Rachmaninov's Vocalise (which seems to adapt well to whatever instrument it's arranged for), Debussy's Syrinx (which Balsom plays in its original flute key), and two songs: a lovely arrangement by Balsom and her pianist, Tom Poster, of "Nobody Knows", and even more beautiful, her version of "Shenandoah", accompanied only by organ... This collection is an ideal way to get to know Balsom's work - and yes, even if you have reservations about an entire disc of trumpet music (and I'm with you on that!), don't be afraid: this is a pleasure from beginning to end.



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Works Details

>Piazzolla, Astor : Escualo
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1979

>Marcello, Benedetto : Concerto for Oboe in C minor :: Adagio
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1717

>Traditional, American : Shenandoah, folk song
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 18th Century

>MacMillan, James : Seraph for Trumpet and String Orchestra :: 2. (Adagio)
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2010

>Rachmaninov, Sergei : Songs (14), Op. 34
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Messiaen, Olivier : Vocalise-Etude for Clarinet and Piano
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Trio Sonata in C major, BWV 529 :: Largo
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1730

>Neruda, Johann Baptist Georg : Concerto for Trumpet in E flat major :: Andante
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: circa 1740-1775

>Debussy, Claude : Syrinx
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913

>Albinoni, Tomaso : Sonata da chiesa, for violin, cello & continuo no 1 in D minor, Op. 4/1 (T. So 26)
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1708

>Traditional Spiritual : Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Written: by 1865

>Lindberg, Oskar Frederik : Gammal fäbodpsalm frän Dalarna, for trombone & ensemble
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Piazzolla, Astor : Libertango
  • Performer: Alison Balsom (Trumpet)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1974