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Bach: Trumpet And Organ
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I love Baroque music for trumpet, and Alison Balsom captures the playfulness of it beautifully. All the pieces on this CD are adaptations for trumpet from Bach's chamber music (as well as arrangements that Bach had adapted himself from pieces by Vivaldi and Marcello), accompanied very effectively by Colm Carey on the organ, Alina Ibragimova on violin, Alistair Ross on harpsichord and chamber organ, and Mark Caudle on viola da gamba. By combining modern trumpet with organ, these pieces open up another dimension in one's listening experience and enjoyment of music; purists might be sceptical about it, but it is definitely worth listening to. Showing consummate skill, Alison Balsom plays each note crisply and clearly with perfect control, and as someone who used to play the trumpet myself, I know that this is by no means an easy task. My particular favourites are the allegro of the concerto in D, the largo of the concerto in C minor, and the badinerie from the orchestral suite no. 2.

All too often we make the mistake of having music on in the background, whilst doing the housework for example, but this CD deserves to be listened to without distractions. Wonderfully uplifting, it will improve any rainy day. Recommended.
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful
Released in January 2006, this is the second CD from Alison Balsom - the third if you include The fam'd Italian master' released on the Hyperion label in 2003, which was music performed by various brass players and The Parley of Instruments group.

The title itself is interesting. It suggests that all the works are written by Bach, but this is only partially true, and none of them were originally scored for the trumpet. In fact, Bach wrote no works specifically for solo trumpet, only pieces such as the Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 can be found as possible examples of Bach's affinity to the instrument. The two pieces not wholly Bach are the concerto in D, written as a violin concerto by Vivaldi, and the concerto in C minor by Marcello. Bach's contribution was to transcribe these pieces from their original orchestral arrangement to a solo harpsichord work. The further transcription to trumpet not only adds a further chapter to the history of these pieces, but presents them in a way which I think both Bach and Vivaldi would wholeheartedly approve.

The two concertos are amongst my favourites of this disc, in particular the beautifully arranged and performed presto from Marcello's C minor concerto. My clear favourite however is track 17, the soaring third movement from the concerto in C, written originally as a harpsichord concerto (BWV 1055). This is Bach at his finest, and the precision playing, of organ as well as Alison's trumpet, produces work of almost regal or ceremonial feel.

Other works such as the cello suite no.2, and badinerie from orchestral suite no. 2 are familiar favourites and will make the music more immediately accessible to the listener.

Worthy of mention are Colm Carey (organ), Alina Ibragimova (violin), Alistair Ross (harpsichord & chamber organ) and Mark Caudle (viola da gamba) who all contribute much to this Works for Trumpet.

To gain the most satisfaction from the CD I recommend listening to the original versions. EMI have quoted the BWV numbers for each piece so it will prove an easy task to track down the music and hear it in its original form. A time consuming and costly exercise maybe, but ultimately rewarding.

Alison's subsequent award of Young British Classical Performer of 2006 will have deservedly helped sales of this CD.

If you like Bach, you'll love this.
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36 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on 14 January 2006
My choice for Classical CD of the Year - and it's only January! This is an awesome display of the art of trumpet playing, a combination of musicality and virtuosity of the highest standar. The music chosen displays her remarkable technique throughout the range of the instrument. and the various accompanying artists contribute to making this a memorable recording. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 5 April 2013
Not only the beautiful trumpet sounds but also some tracks with the organ accompaniment,I find quite stunning.
Anyone who likes Bach will be delighted with this wonderful recording. Buy it you will not be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2014
Alison Balsom is recognized rightly for having brought the trumpet to prominence as a classical instrument. She brings the range of the instrument to previously unreached levels - a delight to listen to her playing.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 12 March 2011
Yet another beautiful CD from Alison Balsom. This is perfect Sunday breakfast music, or late night, or any time anywhere. The playing is clear and precise and the pianissimi playing is superb, controlled and perfect, but then I'm a fan - and who wouldn't be - of this consummate artist.
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on 13 February 2013
cd is beautifull i like the performer i'd like to meet her someday
This album is dream come true for me
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on 25 January 2015
This is a brilliant piece of music by a talented performer . Brilliant recording . I love it .
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2013
I saw Alison develop at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester where she was an obvious star on the rise. Her easy style - no matter what she is playing makes her music so beautiful and enjoyable. Loved it.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 2 November 2009
Well pleased with this CD. I needed to include some trumpet music in my collection and Alison Balsom is a superb player.
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