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Italian Concertos
     

Italian Concertos

by Alison Balsom
 

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The recital of Baroque music on a modern trumpet hasn't been much cultivated since the days of Maurice André, who pretty much cornered the market for many years. Young British trumpeter Alison Balsom here enters the field with a quite competent performance and should find strong success among buyers looking for modern engineering. Undeniably photogenic, Balsom has

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The recital of Baroque music on a modern trumpet hasn't been much cultivated since the days of Maurice André, who pretty much cornered the market for many years. Young British trumpeter Alison Balsom here enters the field with a quite competent performance and should find strong success among buyers looking for modern engineering. Undeniably photogenic, Balsom has performed a good deal of crossover repertory and is a favorite among listeners of Britain's crossover-oriented classic FM radio. Here, however, she plays it relatively straight. Most of this music, it's true, was not originally for the trumpet, but that wouldn't have stopped any Baroque-era trumpeter. Except for Tartini's "Trumpet Concerto in D major, D. 53," she relies on transcriptions of music for violin or oboe. The two kinds of originals produce pleasingly contrasting results. The oboe is closer to the trumpet in its capabilities and allows Balsom to display her clean, precise tone. She doesn't have quite the sparkling power of André in the Tartini concerto, but the oboe concertos by Benedetto Marcello and Tomaso Albinoni are attractively done. The adaptations of Cimarosa oboe pieces by Australian composer Arthur Benjamin are more of a historical curiosity than an ongoing thing. The main attractions are the transcriptions of violin works, two by Vivaldi and one by Albinoni. The Vivaldi concertos, especially, contain passagework that's difficult to execute on a trumpet, and Balsom, working from her own transcriptions, never loses focus; it's her accuracy rather than her power or even her considerable beauty of tone that sets her apart from her predecessors. Worthwhile even for those with André collections. Brief booklet notes are in English, German, and French.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2010
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0825646386413
catalogNumber:
56094
Rank:
45527

Tracks

  1. Untitled CD-ROM Track
  2. Sonata da chiesa, for violin, cello & continuo No. 1 in D minor, Op. 4/1 (T. So 26)
  3. Trumpet Concerto in D major, D. 53 (arrangement of Violin Concerto in E major)
  4. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in G major ("L'estro armonico" No. 3), Op. 3/3, RV 310
  5. Concerto for oboe & orchestra in C minor (after Domenico Cimarosa)
  6. Concerto à cinque, for oboe, 2 violins, viola, cello & continuo No. 3 in B flat major, Op. 7/3, (T. 7/3)
  7. Concerto for oboe, strings & continuo in D minor, SF. 935 (often transposed to C minor)
  8. Violin Concerto, for violin, strings & continuo in A minor ("L'estro armonico" No. 6), Op. 3/6, RV 356

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