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Royal Fireworks

Alison Balsom

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Trumpeter Alison Balsom has a dozen recordings for the Warner Classics label under her belt. Brilliantly talented and charismatic, she could easily have continued releasing music along the lines that brought her success, and it is to her credit that she strikes out in new directions with Royal Fireworks, an album that followed a three-year pause in her recording career. There is a suite of pieces from Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351, but that's not the center of the program. Instead, Balsom, with help from conductor and arranger Simon Wright, brings together music that shows her trumpet in various situations. She has played a natural Baroque trumpet before, and she's clearly comfortable on the instrument, but she has never fully entered into a Baroque aesthetic as she does here. For one thing, she formed her own Balsom Ensemble, a collection of top historical-instrument performers. Better yet, the group seems to have fun together, along with producing precise intonation in the Italianate trumpet solo pieces by Telemann and Purcell, the brass ensemble work in the Handel and pieces from Bach's Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, and the Funeral Sentences for the Death of Queen Mary of Purcell, the latter included on a trumpet recital certainly for the first time here. The album is likely to appeal both to Balsom's usual fans and to Baroque historical-performance listeners.

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1
Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351: I. Overture (Adagio)
00:02:13

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alison Balsom, Trumpet, MainArtist - Simon Wright, Conductor - Balsom Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Alison Balsom under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351: II. Allegro - Lentement - Allegro
00:05:14

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alison Balsom, Trumpet, MainArtist - Simon Wright, Conductor - Balsom Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Alison Balsom under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

3
Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351: III. Bourrée
00:01:03

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alison Balsom, Trumpet, MainArtist - Simon Wright, Conductor - Balsom Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Alison Balsom under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

4
Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351: IV. La Paix (Largo alla siciliana)
00:03:41

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alison Balsom, Trumpet, MainArtist - Simon Wright, Conductor - Balsom Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Alison Balsom under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

5
Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351: V. La Réjouissance
00:01:27

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alison Balsom, Trumpet, MainArtist - Simon Wright, Conductor - Balsom Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Alison Balsom under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

6
Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351: VI. Minuet 1
00:00:45

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alison Balsom, Trumpet, MainArtist - Simon Wright, Conductor - Balsom Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Alison Balsom under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

7
Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351: VII. Minuet 2
00:01:40

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Alison Balsom, Trumpet, MainArtist - Simon Wright, Conductor - Balsom Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Alison Balsom under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

8
Trumpet Sonata in D Major, Z. 850: I. Allegro
00:01:16

Henry Purcell, Composer - Alison Balsom, Trumpet, MainArtist - Balsom Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Alison Balsom under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

9
Trumpet Sonata in D Major, Z. 850: II. Adagio
00:01:52

Henry Purcell, Composer - Alison Balsom, Trumpet, MainArtist - Balsom Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Alison Balsom under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

10
Trumpet Sonata in D Major, Z. 850: III. Allegro
00:02:25

Henry Purcell, Composer - Alison Balsom, Trumpet, MainArtist - Balsom Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Alison Balsom under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

11
Cantata No. 147, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV147: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring (Arr. Wright for Trumpet)
00:03:02

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Alison Balsom, Trumpet, MainArtist - Simon Wright, Arranger - Balsom Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Alison Balsom under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

12
Trumpet Concerto in D Major, TWV 51:D7: I. Adagio
00:02:08

Alison Balsom, Trumpet, MainArtist - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Balsom Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2019 Alison Balsom under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

13
Trumpet Concerto in D Major, TWV 51:D7: II. Allegro
00:01:55

Alison Balsom, Trumpet, MainArtist - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Balsom Ensemble, Ensemble

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2019 Alison Balsom under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

14
Trumpet Concerto in D Major, TWV 51:D7: III. Grave
00:01:57

Alison Balsom, MainArtist - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Balsom Ensemble, Ensemble

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2019 Alison Balsom under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

15
Trumpet Concerto in D Major, TWV 51:D7: IV. Allegro
00:01:43

Alison Balsom, Trumpet, MainArtist - Georg Philipp Telemann, Composer - Balsom Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2019 Alison Balsom under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

16
Weihnachtsoratorium, BWV 248, Pt. 1: No. 1, Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf, preiset die Tage (Arr. Wright for Trumpet)
00:03:09

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Alison Balsom, Trumpet, MainArtist - Simon Wright, Arranger - Balsom Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Alison Balsom under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

17
Weihnachtsoratorium, BWV 248, Pt. 1: No. 9, Ach, mein herzliebes Jesulein (Arr. Wright for Trumpet)
00:01:21

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Alison Balsom, Trumpet, MainArtist - Simon Wright, Arranger - Balsom Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Alison Balsom under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

18
Weihnachtsoratorium, BWV 248, Pt. 6: No. 1, Herr, wenn die stolzen Feinde schnauben (Arr. Wright for Trumpet)
00:04:40

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Alison Balsom, Trumpet, MainArtist - Simon Wright, Arranger - Balsom Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Alison Balsom under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

19
Weihnachtsoratorium, BWV 248, Pt. 2: No. 1, Sinfonia in G Major, Pastorale Sinfonia (Arr. Wright for Trumpet)
00:02:08

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Alison Balsom, Trumpet, MainArtist - Simon Wright, Arranger - Balsom Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Alison Balsom under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

20
Weihnachtsoratorium, BWV 248, Pt. 3: No. 1, Herrscher des Himmels (Arr. Wright for Trumpet)
00:01:47

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Alison Balsom, Trumpet, MainArtist - Simon Wright, Arranger - Balsom Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Alison Balsom under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

21
Weihnachtsoratorium, BWV 248, Pt. 1: No. 5, Wie soll ich dich empfangen (Arr. Wright for Trumpet)
00:01:15

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Alison Balsom, Trumpet, MainArtist - Simon Wright, Arranger - Balsom Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Alison Balsom under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

22
Weihnachtsoratorium, BWV 248, Pt. 6: No. 11, Nun seid ihr wohl gerochen (Arr. Wright for Trumpet)
00:03:10

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Alison Balsom, Trumpet, MainArtist - Simon Wright, Arranger - Balsom Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Alison Balsom under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

23
Funeral Sentences for the Death of Queen Mary, Z. 27: I. March
00:01:59

Henry Purcell, Composer - Alison Balsom, Trumpet, MainArtist - Balsom Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Alison Balsom under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

24
Funeral Sentences for the Death of Queen Mary, Z. 27: VI. "Thou Knowest Lord"
00:01:58

Henry Purcell, Composer - Alison Balsom, Trumpet, MainArtist - Balsom Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Alison Balsom under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

25
Funeral Sentences for the Death of Queen Mary, Z. 27: III. Canzona
00:01:50

Henry Purcell, Composer - Alison Balsom, Trumpet, MainArtist - Balsom Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Alison Balsom under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

26
Funeral Sentences for the Death of Queen Mary, Z. 27: VII. March
00:01:13

Henry Purcell, Composer - Alison Balsom, Trumpet, MainArtist - Balsom Ensemble, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist

© 2019 Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2019 Alison Balsom under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, a Warner Music Group Company

Album review

Trumpeter Alison Balsom has a dozen recordings for the Warner Classics label under her belt. Brilliantly talented and charismatic, she could easily have continued releasing music along the lines that brought her success, and it is to her credit that she strikes out in new directions with Royal Fireworks, an album that followed a three-year pause in her recording career. There is a suite of pieces from Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351, but that's not the center of the program. Instead, Balsom, with help from conductor and arranger Simon Wright, brings together music that shows her trumpet in various situations. She has played a natural Baroque trumpet before, and she's clearly comfortable on the instrument, but she has never fully entered into a Baroque aesthetic as she does here. For one thing, she formed her own Balsom Ensemble, a collection of top historical-instrument performers. Better yet, the group seems to have fun together, along with producing precise intonation in the Italianate trumpet solo pieces by Telemann and Purcell, the brass ensemble work in the Handel and pieces from Bach's Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, and the Funeral Sentences for the Death of Queen Mary of Purcell, the latter included on a trumpet recital certainly for the first time here. The album is likely to appeal both to Balsom's usual fans and to Baroque historical-performance listeners.

© TiVo

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