Balsom, Alison

Légende: Works for trumpet and piano

13 May 2016

Barcode: 0190295987725

Other participants: Tom Poster

Star trumpeter Alison Balsom adds her first recital with piano to her rich Warner Classics catalogue. Recorded live at St George’s, Bristol, she and Tom Poster, her long-standing recital partner, explore fascinating works from the 20th century, by composers such as Enescu, Hindemith, Martinů, Françaix, Bernstein and Peter Maxwell Davies. They also present a work they themselves have composed jointly: The Thoughts of Dr. May, inspired by Brian May, lead guitarist of the rock band Queen.

2013 Gramophone Artist of the Year, three-time winner at the Classic BRITs and also three-time winner at the Echo Klassik Awards, Alison Balsom has cemented an international reputation as one of classical music’s great ambassadors and is ranked amongst the most distinctive and ground-breaking musicians on the international circuit today. “This day has been a long time coming,” she says. “We’ve wanted to record this … most important repertoire for trumpet and piano since we started playing together more than 10 years ago.”

ALBUM OF THE WEEK, The Lady: "Alison Balsom explores the trumpet’s true possibilities...
At times poignant and melancholic, it suddenly changes to dazzling displays of virtuosity."

ALBUM OF THE WEEK, The Mail on Sunday: "Alison Balsom is the poster girl of British classical music and one of the world's finest trumpeters... This new album contains a remarkable range of music."

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Satie: Gymnopédie No.3  - Alison Balsom 
02 Francaix: Sonatine: II. Sarabande  - Alison Balsom 
03 Francaix: Sonatine: II. Sarabande - Cadenza  - Alison Balsom 
04 Francaix: Sonatine: III. Gigue  - Alison Balsom 
05 Enescu: Légende  - Alison Balsom 
06 Goedicke / Arr Dokshitser: Concert Etude, Op. 49  - Alison Balsom 
07 Maxwell Davies / Arr Balsom & Poster: Farewell to Stromness  - Alison Balsom 
08 Hindemith: Trumpet Sonata: I. Mit Kraft  - Alison Balsom 
09 Hindemith: Trumpet Sonata: II. Mässig bewegt  - Alison Balsom 
10 Hindemith: Trumpet Sonata: III. Trauermusik  - Alison Balsom 
11 Hindemith: Trumpet Sonata: III. Trauermusik - Alle Menschen müssen sterben  - Alison Balsom 
12 Ravel: Sonatine, M. 40: II. Mouvement de menuet  - Alison Balsom 
13 Poster & Balsom: The Thoughts of Dr. May  - Alison Balsom 
14 Martinu: Sonatine  - Alison Balsom 
15 Bernstein: Rondo for Lifey  - Alison Balsom 
16 Gershwin / Arr Turrin: Someone to Watch Over Me  - Alison Balsom 
17 Kern / Arr Poster: The way you look tonight  - Alison Balsom 

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