on 25 July 2009
I came across a YouTube clip of this girl while looking for something else. She was playing the third movement of the Haydn. It was such a nice, fluid rendition that I bought the SACD (this one).
Tine Thing Helseth is a twentysomething Norwegian with lungs the size of a Zeppelin somehow concealed within a slender frame. Her technique is flawless, at least to these ears, her tone warm and gorgeous. She is ably accompanied by the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.
The SACD features the two "warhorses" of the repertoire, the Haydn and the Hummel, both written for the same man, Anton Weidinger, who had developed a keyed trumpet to overcome the natural instrument's deficiencies. The performances are straightforward, nothing fancy, which is good, because the two are fine pieces of music. The other two concerti, one by Albinoni the other by Neruda, are also pleasant listening. Recommended.
on 2 April 2008
This is a great début CD by this young Norwegian trumpeteress. There may be better recordings of each of these concerti out there, (most notably Hardenberger's Albinoni, Edward Tarr's Hummel, Niklas Eklund's Neruda, Reinhold Friedrich's Haydn), but Helseth stamps her own individual approach to each of these pieces, and does a great job on each one. Her playing style is very fluid and she clearly has a stunning technique and a lovely tone (if a little heavy on the vibrato at times).
One small disappointment is that Helseth chooses to use the publisher's cadenza in the Neruda, rather than writing her own, but she plays David Hickman's cadenza with a vibrant and fresh approach.
A very worthwhile addition to any trumpet player's CD collection.
on 22 September 2012
Came across Hadyn's trumpet concerto in my piano book (yeah) and thought hey, let's check out what the concerto sounds like, and Tine's was one of the first hits on youtube. Got the mp3s off amazon minutes later. Sounds like an easy melody to play, but to get it so evocative as what she's done is no easy task.