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Star trumpeter Alison Balsom adds her first recital with piano to her rich Warner Classics catalogue.
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."