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Magic Trumpet

Alison Balsom

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One has to read the fine print to find out, but Magic Trumpet is a compilation of recordings by trumpeter Alison Balsom, dating as far back as 2005 and extending forward to 2018. Some may avoid the collection for this reason, seeking a more coherent and curated program, but this would be a mistake. It's not only that Magic Trumpet serves as an introduction to Balsom's talents, although it could certainly be one for newcomers to her recordings. The key point here is that Balsom, although some may exceed her skills in particular repertories, has perhaps the widest range of any trumpeter on the scene today, and this release lets listeners hear a lot of it. She can produce an appropriately burnished tone in Bach's "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" from the Cantata No. 147, BWV 147, and can avoid overwhelming chamber players in the first movement of the Trio Sonata in C major, BWV 529. Balsom is usually not noted for sheer virtuosity, but the compilers have found some excellent examples of just that. Consider the solo trumpet arrangement (by Balsom herself, like several of the pieces here) of the Badinerie from Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 2, BWV 1067, boldly forcing Balsom's trumpet to the high reaches of its capabilities. The Caprice No. 24 in A minor of Paganini loses some of its challenges when remade for trumpet, but it has plenty to spare. There is also something amusing about hearing the Queen of the Night's aria "Der Hölle Rache," from Die Zauberflöte, K. 620, of Mozart played on an instrument whose capabilities it fits rather than being sung by an intentionally uncomfortable voice. Balsom settles easily into the smoky tango atmosphere of Astor Piazzolla's Oblivion and tones things down for the semi-popular Les feuilles mortes of Joseph Kosma (this is as close as she comes to crossover music). The mastering engineers do the best they can with such a diverse set of sound sources, and the result will be delightful for Balsom newcomers and fans alike.

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1
Atalanta, HWV 35: Ouverture. Largo - Allegro
00:04:01

George Frideric Handel, Composer - The English Concert, Ensemble - Alison Balsom, Arranger, Trumpet, MainArtist - Trevor Pinnock, Conductor

A Warner Classics compilation, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

2
Trio Sonata in C Major, BWV 529: I. Allegro (Arr. Balsom)
00:04:54

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Alison Balsom, Arranger, Trumpet, MainArtist - Jørn Pedersen, Producer - Alina Ibragimova, Violin, FeaturedArtist - Mark Caudle, Viola da Gamba, FeaturedArtist - Alistair Ross, Harpsichord, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics compilation, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 2005 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company.

3
Trumpet Concerto in D Major, G. 28 "Estienne Roger": I. Allegro
00:02:01

Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Orchestra - Alison Balsom, Arranger, Trumpet, MainArtist - Giuseppe Torelli, Composer

A Warner Classics compilation, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2008 Parlophone Records Limited

4
Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11, Act 3: Aria. "Sento la gioia, ch'in sen mi brilla" (Arr. Pinnock)
00:04:44

George Frideric Handel, Composer - The English Concert, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist - Alison Balsom, Arranger, Trumpet, MainArtist - Trevor Pinnock, Conductor, Arranger

A Warner Classics compilation, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2012 Parlophone Records Limited

5
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Chorale. "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring"
00:05:42

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Stephen Cleobury, Conductor - Alison Balsom, Trumpet, MainArtist - Choir of King's College, Cambridge, Choir, FeaturedArtist - Tom Etheridge, Organ, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics compilation, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 2016 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company

6
Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat Major, WoO 1: III. Rondo
00:03:40

Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Orchestra - Alison Balsom, Trumpet, MainArtist - Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Composer

A Warner Classics compilation, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2008 Parlophone Records Limited

7
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067: VII. Badinerie (Arr. Balsom for Solo Trumpet)
00:01:32

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Alison Balsom, Arranger, Trumpet, MainArtist - Jørn Pedersen, Producer

A Warner Classics compilation, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 2005 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company.

8
Oboe Concerto in C Minor: II. Adagio (Arr. Balsom)
00:04:24

Scottish Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist - Alison Balsom, Arranger, Trumpet, MainArtist - Alessandro Marcello, Composer

A Warner Classics compilation, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2010 Parlophone Records Limited

9
Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat Major, Hob. VIIe:1: III. Allegro
00:04:29

Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Orchestra - Alison Balsom, Trumpet, MainArtist

A Warner Classics compilation, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2008 Parlophone Records Limited

10
Bist du bei mir (Formerly Attributed to JS Bach as BWV 508) [Arr. Balsom]
00:02:41

Alison Balsom, Trumpet, MainArtist - Gottfried Stölzel, Composer - Jørn Pedersen, Producer - Mark Caudle, Viola da Gamba, FeaturedArtist - Alistair Ross, Harpsichord, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics compilation, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 2005 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company.

11
24 Caprices, Op. 1: No. 24 in A Minor (Arr. Milone & Balsom)
00:04:19

Alison Balsom, Arranger, Trumpet, MainArtist - Niccolò Paganini, Composer - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Jørn Pedersen, Producer - Julian Milone, Arranger - Göteborg Symfoniker, Orchestra

A Warner Classics compilation, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 2006 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company.

12
Die Zauberflöte, K. 620: Queen of the Night Aria. "Der Hölle Rache" (Arr. Balsom)
00:02:57

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Alison Balsom, Arranger, Trumpet, MainArtist - Edward Gardner, Conductor, FeaturedArtist - Jørn Pedersen, Producer - Göteborg Symfoniker, Orchestra

A Warner Classics compilation, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 2006 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company.

13
Piano Sonata No. 11 in A Major, Op. 6 No. 2, K. 331 "Alla turca": III. Allegrino. Turkish March (Arr. Milone)
00:03:09

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Composer - Will Brown, Engineer - Simon Eadon, Engineer - Kerry Brown, Production - Alison Balsom, Trumpet, MainArtist - Edward Gardner, Conductor, FeaturedArtist - Jørn Pedersen, Producer - Julian Milone, Arranger - Göteborg Symfoniker, Orchestra

A Warner Classics compilation, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 2006 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company.

14
Concert Étude, Op. 49
00:03:17

Alison Balsom, Trumpet, MainArtist - Alexander Goedicke, Composer - Timofei Dokshitser, Arranger - Tom Poster, Piano, FeaturedArtist

A Warner Classics compilation, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 2016 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company

15
Variations on Bellini's Norma (Arr. Milone)
00:06:26

Alison Balsom, Trumpet, MainArtist - Jean-Baptiste Arban, Composer - Edward Gardner, Conductor, FeaturedArtist - Jørn Pedersen, Producer - Julian Milone, Arranger - Göteborg Symfoniker, Orchestra

A Warner Classics compilation, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 2006 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company.

16
Oblivion
00:04:08

Guy Barker, Conductor, Arranger - Astor Piazzolla, Composer - Alison Balsom, Arranger, Trumpet, MainArtist - Guy Barker Orchestra, Orchestra

A Warner Classics compilation, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 2014 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company

17
3 Gymnopédies: No. 3, Lent et grave (Arr. Barker & Balsom)
00:02:32

Guy Barker, Conductor, Arranger - Erik Satie, Composer - Alison Balsom, Arranger, Trumpet, MainArtist - Guy Barker Orchestra, Orchestra

A Warner Classics compilation, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 2014 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

18
Les feuilles mortes
00:05:00

Guy Barker, Conductor, Arranger - Joseph Kosma, Composer - Alison Balsom, Arranger, Trumpet, MainArtist - Guy Barker Orchestra, Orchestra

A Warner Classics compilation, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 2014 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company

19
14 Romances, Op. 34: No. 14, Vocalise (Transcr. Balsom)
00:05:02

Sergei Rachmaninoff, Composer - Alison Balsom, Arranger, Trumpet, MainArtist - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Göteborg Symfoniker, Orchestra

A Warner Classics compilation, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 2006 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company.

20
Libertango
00:04:33

Astor Piazzolla, Composer - Alison Balsom, Trumpet, MainArtist - Edward Gardner, Conductor - Julian Milone, Arranger - Göteborg Symfoniker, Orchestra

A Warner Classics compilation, © 2020 Parlophone Records Limited ℗ 2006 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd. A Warner Music Group Company.

Album review

One has to read the fine print to find out, but Magic Trumpet is a compilation of recordings by trumpeter Alison Balsom, dating as far back as 2005 and extending forward to 2018. Some may avoid the collection for this reason, seeking a more coherent and curated program, but this would be a mistake. It's not only that Magic Trumpet serves as an introduction to Balsom's talents, although it could certainly be one for newcomers to her recordings. The key point here is that Balsom, although some may exceed her skills in particular repertories, has perhaps the widest range of any trumpeter on the scene today, and this release lets listeners hear a lot of it. She can produce an appropriately burnished tone in Bach's "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" from the Cantata No. 147, BWV 147, and can avoid overwhelming chamber players in the first movement of the Trio Sonata in C major, BWV 529. Balsom is usually not noted for sheer virtuosity, but the compilers have found some excellent examples of just that. Consider the solo trumpet arrangement (by Balsom herself, like several of the pieces here) of the Badinerie from Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 2, BWV 1067, boldly forcing Balsom's trumpet to the high reaches of its capabilities. The Caprice No. 24 in A minor of Paganini loses some of its challenges when remade for trumpet, but it has plenty to spare. There is also something amusing about hearing the Queen of the Night's aria "Der Hölle Rache," from Die Zauberflöte, K. 620, of Mozart played on an instrument whose capabilities it fits rather than being sung by an intentionally uncomfortable voice. Balsom settles easily into the smoky tango atmosphere of Astor Piazzolla's Oblivion and tones things down for the semi-popular Les feuilles mortes of Joseph Kosma (this is as close as she comes to crossover music). The mastering engineers do the best they can with such a diverse set of sound sources, and the result will be delightful for Balsom newcomers and fans alike.

© TiVo

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