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Alison Balsom|Sound the Trumpet - Royal Music of Purcell and Handel

Sound the Trumpet - Royal Music of Purcell and Handel

Alison Balsom

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British trumpeter Alison Balsom has been popular from the start, and she seems to gain strength as she tackles each new project and expands her range. Here she plays a Baroque trumpet (apparently a natural trumpet with finger holes but no keys) and is accompanied by the period-instrument English Concert under its veteran conductor Trevor Pinnock. They worked together on most of the arrangements of pieces by Handel and Purcell, and the results in this well-worn British musical ground are nothing short of stunning. The variety of timbres that emerge from Balsom's instrument is nothing short of stunning, and the place to start in sampling it is with the three vocal duets, two with the fine countertenor Iestyn Davies and one with soprano Lucy Crowe. These give the uncanny effect of almost hearing two vocal parts that so many instrumentalists aim for in arrangements like this, but that so few actually achieve. Balsom has always been a charismatic player with an attractive tone, and an anthology of her earlier recordings is available. But the way she's going, it makes sense to keep up with the state of her art.
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1
Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11, Act III: Aria. "Sento la gioia, ch'in sen mi brilla" (Arr. Pinnock)
Alison Balsom
00:04:45

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

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

2
King Arthur, Z. 628, Act I: Overture (Arr. Balsom)
Alison Balsom
00:03:37

Arne Akselberg, Engineer - The English Concert, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist - Henry Purcell, Composer - Alison Balsom, Arranger - Jørn Pedersen, Producer - Trevor Pinnock, Conductor, Harpsichord - Alison Balsom, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2012 Parlophone Records Limited

3
King Arthur, Z. 628, Act I: Come If You Dare (Arr. Balsom)
The English Concert
00:03:02

Arne Akselberg, Engineer - The English Concert, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist - Henry Purcell, Composer - Alison Balsom, Arranger, Trumpet - Jørn Pedersen, Producer - Trevor Pinnock, Conductor, Harpsichord - Alison Balsom, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2012 Parlophone Records Limited

4
King Arthur, Z. 628, Act V: Symphony (Arr. Balsom)
The English Concert
00:01:55

The English Concert, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist - Henry Purcell, Composer - Alison Balsom, Arranger, Trumpet - Trevor Pinnock, Conductor, Harpsichord - Alison Balsom, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2012 Parlophone Records Limited

5
King Arthur, Z. 628, Act II: "Shepherd, Shepherd, Leave Decoying" (Arr. Balsom)
The English Concert
00:01:48

The English Concert, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist - Henry Purcell, Composer - Alison Balsom, Arranger, Trumpet - Trevor Pinnock, Conductor, Harpsichord - Alison Balsom, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2012 Parlophone Records Limited

6
King Arthur, Z. 628, Act V: Round Thy Coast (Arr. Balsom)
The English Concert
00:01:11

Arne Akselberg, Engineer - The English Concert, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist - Henry Purcell, Composer - Alison Balsom, Arranger, Trumpet - Jørn Pedersen, Producer - Trevor Pinnock, Conductor, Harpsichord - Alison Balsom, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2012 Parlophone Records Limited

7
King Arthur, Z. 628, Act V: Trumpet Tune (Arr. Balsom)
The English Concert
00:00:46

The English Concert, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist - Henry Purcell, Composer - Alison Balsom, Arranger, Trumpet - Trevor Pinnock, Conductor, Harpsichord - Alison Balsom, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2012 Parlophone Records Limited

8
King Arthur, Z. 628, Act V: Fairest Isle (Arr. Balsom)
The English Concert
00:02:02

The English Concert, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist - Henry Purcell, Composer - Alison Balsom, Arranger, Trumpet - Trevor Pinnock, Conductor, Harpsichord - Alison Balsom, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2012 Parlophone Records Limited

9
Atalanta, HWV 35: Ouverture. Largo - Allegro
Alison Balsom
00:04:01

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

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

10
Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne, HWV 74: I. Aria "Eternal Source of Light Divine" (Countertenor)
Alison Balsom
00:03:34

George Frideric Handel, Composer - The English Concert, Ensemble - Alison Balsom, Arranger, Trumpet - Trevor Pinnock, Conductor, Harpsichord - Iestyn Davies, Counter-Tenor Vocals - Alison Balsom, Iestyn Davies, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

11
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629, Act V: Symphony (Arr. Balsom)
The English Concert
00:06:27

Arne Akselberg, Engineer - The English Concert, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist - Henry Purcell, Composer - Alison Balsom, Arranger, Trumpet - Jørn Pedersen, Producer - Trevor Pinnock, Conductor, Harpsichord - Alison Balsom, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2012 Parlophone Records Limited

12
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629: Second Music. Rondeau (Arr. Balsom)
The English Concert
00:01:41

Arne Akselberg, Engineer - The English Concert, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist - Henry Purcell, Composer - Alison Balsom, Arranger, Trumpet - Jørn Pedersen, Producer - Trevor Pinnock, Conductor, Harpsichord - Alison Balsom, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2012 Parlophone Records Limited

13
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629, Act I: First Act Tune. Jig (Arr. Balsom)
The English Concert
00:01:07

Arne Akselberg, Engineer - The English Concert, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist - Henry Purcell, Composer - Alison Balsom, Arranger, Trumpet - Jørn Pedersen, Producer - Trevor Pinnock, Conductor, Harpsichord - Alison Balsom, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2012 Parlophone Records Limited

14
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629, Act V. Prelude (Arr. Balsom)
Alison Balsom
00:01:03

Arne Akselberg, Engineer - The English Concert, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist - Henry Purcell, Composer - Alison Balsom, Arranger - Jørn Pedersen, Producer - Trevor Pinnock, Conductor - Alison Balsom, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2012 Parlophone Records Limited

15
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629, Act V: Chaconne (Arr. Balsom)
The English Concert
00:03:58

Arne Akselberg, Engineer - The English Concert, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist - Henry Purcell, Composer - Alison Balsom, Composer, Arranger, Trumpet - Jørn Pedersen, Producer - Trevor Pinnock, Conductor, Harpsichord - Alison Balsom, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2012 Parlophone Records Limited

16
Come Ye Sons of Art, Z. 323 "Ode for Queen Mary's Birthday": No. 2, Duet, "Come Ye Sons of Art Away" (Version for One Voice and Trumpet)
Lestyn Davies
00:02:35

Arne Akselberg, Engineer - The English Concert, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist - Henry Purcell, Composer - Alison Balsom, Arranger, Trumpet - Jørn Pedersen, Producer - Trevor Pinnock, Conductor, Harpsichord - Alison Balsom, Iestyn Davies, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, MainArtist - Lestyn Davies, Counter-Tenor Vocals, FeaturedArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2012 Parlophone Records Limited

17
Suite in D Major, HWV 341, "Water Piece": I. Overture
Alison Balsom
00:01:44

Arne Akselberg, Engineer - George Frideric Handel, Composer - The English Concert, Orchestra - Alison Balsom, Trumpet - Trevor Pinnock, Conductor, Arranger, Harpsichord - Alison Balsom, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, MainArtist - Jorn Pedersen, Producer

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

18
Suite in D Major, HWV 341, "Water Piece": II. Gigue
Alison Balsom
00:01:47

Arne Akselberg, Engineer - George Frideric Handel, Composer - The English Concert, Orchestra - Alison Balsom, Trumpet - Trevor Pinnock, Conductor, Arranger, Harpsichord - Alison Balsom, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, MainArtist - Jorn Pedersen, Producer

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

19
Suite in D Major, HWV 341, "Water Piece": III. Aire
Alison Balsom
00:01:50

Arne Akselberg, Engineer - George Frideric Handel, Composer - The English Concert, Orchestra - Alison Balsom, Trumpet - Trevor Pinnock, Conductor, Arranger, Harpsichord - Alison Balsom, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, MainArtist - Jorn Pedersen, Producer

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

20
Suite in D Major, HWV 341, "Water Piece": IV. Bourée
Alison Balsom
00:01:00

Arne Akselberg, Engineer - George Frideric Handel, Composer - The English Concert, Orchestra - Alison Balsom, Trumpet - Trevor Pinnock, Conductor, Arranger, Harpsichord - Alison Balsom, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, MainArtist - Jorn Pedersen, Producer

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

21
Suite in D Major, HWV 341, "Water Piece": V. March
Alison Balsom
00:01:07

Arne Akselberg, Engineer - George Frideric Handel, Composer - The English Concert, Orchestra - Alison Balsom, Trumpet - Trevor Pinnock, Conductor, Arranger, Harpsichord - Alison Balsom, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, MainArtist - Jorn Pedersen, Producer

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

22
The Fairy Queen, Z. 629, Act V: The Plaint. "O Let Me Ever, Ever Weep" (Arr. Balsom)
Lucy Crowe
00:07:45

Arne Akselberg, Engineer - The English Concert, Ensemble, FeaturedArtist - Henry Purcell, Composer - Alison Balsom, Arranger, Trumpet - Jørn Pedersen, Producer - Trevor Pinnock, Conductor, Organ - Lucy Crowe, Soprano Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Alison Balsom, Lucy Crowe, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd A Warner Classics release, ℗ 2012 Parlophone Records Limited

23
Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, HWV 301 (Arr. for Trumpet): I. Adagio
Alison Balsom
00:01:59

Arne Akselberg, BalanceEngineer - George Frideric Handel, Composer - The English Concert, Orchestra - Alison Balsom, Trumpet, Transcriber - Jørn Pedersen, Producer - Trevor Pinnock, Conductor, Harpsichord, Transcriber - Alison Balsom, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

24
Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, HWV 301 (Arr. for Trumpet): II. Allegro
Alison Balsom
00:01:41

Arne Akselberg, BalanceEngineer - George Frideric Handel, Composer - The English Concert, Orchestra - Alison Balsom, Trumpet, Transcriber - Jørn Pedersen, Producer - Trevor Pinnock, Conductor, Harpsichord, Transcriber - Alison Balsom, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

25
Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, HWV 301 (Arr. for Trumpet): III. Siciliana (Largo)
Alison Balsom
00:02:13

Arne Akselberg, BalanceEngineer - George Frideric Handel, Composer - The English Concert, Orchestra - Alison Balsom, Trumpet, Transcriber - Jørn Pedersen, Producer - Trevor Pinnock, Conductor, Harpsichord, Transcriber - Alison Balsom, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

26
Oboe Concerto in B-Flat Major, HWV 301 (Arr. for Trumpet): IV. Vivace
Alison Balsom
00:01:35

Arne Akselberg, BalanceEngineer - George Frideric Handel, Composer - The English Concert, Orchestra - Alison Balsom, Arranger, Trumpet - Jørn Pedersen, Producer - Trevor Pinnock, Conductor, Arranger, Harpsichord - Alison Balsom, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, MainArtist

© 2012 EMI Records Ltd ℗ 2012 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd

Album Description

British trumpeter Alison Balsom has been popular from the start, and she seems to gain strength as she tackles each new project and expands her range. Here she plays a Baroque trumpet (apparently a natural trumpet with finger holes but no keys) and is accompanied by the period-instrument English Concert under its veteran conductor Trevor Pinnock. They worked together on most of the arrangements of pieces by Handel and Purcell, and the results in this well-worn British musical ground are nothing short of stunning. The variety of timbres that emerge from Balsom's instrument is nothing short of stunning, and the place to start in sampling it is with the three vocal duets, two with the fine countertenor Iestyn Davies and one with soprano Lucy Crowe. These give the uncanny effect of almost hearing two vocal parts that so many instrumentalists aim for in arrangements like this, but that so few actually achieve. Balsom has always been a charismatic player with an attractive tone, and an anthology of her earlier recordings is available. But the way she's going, it makes sense to keep up with the state of her art.
© TiVo

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