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Sound the Trumpet: Royal Music of Purcell & Handel
     

Sound the Trumpet: Royal Music of Purcell & Handel

by 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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/22/2012
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099944032920
catalogNumber:
40329

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Tracks

  1. Come ye sons of art away (Birthday ode for Queen Mary), for soloists, chorus & instruments, Z. 323: Sound the trumpet
  2. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629: 5. Chaconne and chorus (Act 5)
  3. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629: 4. Prelude (Act 5)
  4. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629: 3. Jig (Act 1)
  5. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629: 2. Rondeau (Second Musick)
  6. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629: 1. Symphony (Act 4)
  7. Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne (Eternal Source of Light Divine), HWV 74: Eternal source of light divine
  8. Oboe Concerto in B flat major (No.2a), HWV 301 (possibly spurious)
  9. The Fairy Queen, semi-opera, Z. 629: The Plaint (Act 5)
  10. Water Piece, suite for trumpet, strings & continuo in D major (spurious arrangement), HWV 341
  11. Atalanta, opera, HWV 35: Overture
  12. King Arthur, or, The British Worthy, semi-opera, Z. 628: 7. Fairest isle (Act 5)
  13. King Arthur, or, The British Worthy, semi-opera, Z. 628: 6. Trumpet tune (Act 5)
  14. King Arthur, or, The British Worthy, semi-opera, Z. 628: 5. Round thy shores (Act 5)
  15. King Arthur, or, The British Worthy, semi-opera, Z. 628: 4. Shepherd, shepherd, leave decoying (Act 2)
  16. King Arthur, or, The British Worthy, semi-opera, Z. 628: 3. Symphony (Act 5)
  17. King Arthur, or, The British Worthy, semi-opera, Z. 628: 2. Come if you dare (Act 1)
  18. King Arthur, or, The British Worthy, semi-opera, Z. 628: 1. Overture (Act 1)
  19. Amadigi di Gaula, opera, HWV 11: Sento la gioia (Act 3)

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