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Légende: Works for Trumpet and Piano
     

Légende: Works for Trumpet and Piano

by Alison Balsom
 
Alison Balsom has been successful since the early 2000s with a standard diet of Baroque trumpet works and the usual Classical-period concertos. In the mid-2010s she turned toward more contemporary repertory with a French conservatory flavor. The results on the trumpet-and-piano Légende, named for the effusive Enescu piece (track five), are impressive; Balsom

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Alison Balsom has been successful since the early 2000s with a standard diet of Baroque trumpet works and the usual Classical-period concertos. In the mid-2010s she turned toward more contemporary repertory with a French conservatory flavor. The results on the trumpet-and-piano Légende, named for the effusive Enescu piece (track five), are impressive; Balsom deepens her art with a coherent program even as she plays mostly music that could be characterized as light. Sample one of the movements of the opening "Sonatine" of the mightily underrated Jean Françaix, whose understated style, not so much humorous as subtle and elegant, poses challenges for a trumpet confined mostly to its middle register. Balsom's bright, perfectly controlled lines and close ensemble with pianist Tom Poster pass all the tests. After that you get a mix of other neoclassic pieces, the heavier Hindemith "Trumpet Sonata" in the middle, and popular songs, small chunks all hanging together that stimulate the listener even without awareness of same. Brava.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/2016
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0190295987725
catalogNumber:
555933
Rank:
10515

Tracks

  1. The Way You Look Tonight, song (from the film "Swing Time")
  2. Someone to Watch Over Me, song (from Oh, Kay!, musical)
  3. Rondo for Lifey, for trumpet & piano (from "Brass Music")
  4. Sonatina for trumpet & piano, H. 357
  5. Sonatine for piano in F sharp minor: Minuet
  6. Sonata for trumpet & piano
  7. Farewell to Stromness, piano interlude from "The Yellow Cake Revue", J. 166
  8. Concert étude, for trumpet & piano, Op. 49
  9. Légende, for trumpet & piano
  10. Sonatine for trumpet & piano in C major

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