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  • Orchestra: Scottish Ensemble, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Jonathan Morton, Lawrence Renes
  • Composer: James MacMillan, Toru Takemitsu, Alexander Arutiunian, Bernd Alois Zimmerman
  • Audio CD (9 Jan. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B0063J80TK
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,979 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Seraph for Trumpet and String Orchestra: I
  2. Seraph for Trumpet and String Orchestra: II (adagio)
  3. Seraph for Trumpet and String Orchestra: III Marcato e ritmico
  4. 'Paths' for solo trumpet
  5. Trumpet Concerto in A flat major: Andante - Allegro Energico
  6. Trumpet Concerto in A flat major: Meno Mosso
  7. Trumpet Concerto in A flat major: Tempo 1
  8. Trumpet Concerto in A flat major: Nobody Knows
  9. Trumpet Concerto in C major

Product Description

Alison Balsom is a unique and independent artist who have broken through to the mainstream whilst retaining her integrity and core musical values. Exceptional talent, a glamorous stage presence and a witty and engaging personality make Alison one of the most exciting and bankable artists in the core classical world today.

Alison’s new recording of modern and contemporary repertoire marks an important artistic stepping stone in her career. This labour of love features the world premiere recording of Seraph, James MacMillan’s trumpet concerto written for Alison, works by Takemitsu and Zimmermann and includes her long-awaited recording of the ever popular Arutunian Trumpet Concerto.

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Oh yes! Well done Alison Balsom and team. While she perfectly sensibly filled her previous CD releases with many familiar, popular pieces and strong transcriptions often from the baroque and early classical period, this CD is in a different league altogether. It takes some modern compositions that are musically superb, but have remained obscure because they are so darned difficult to play (so a lot of good trumpeters have stayed reluctant to try). Alison took the mature decision to wait until she felt able to add something in her interpretations, which has now paid off in a truly exceptional collection of recordings.

The set starts off with the one new piece, written by James MacMillan and dedicated to Alison Balsom. I'm generally not a huge MacMillan fan, as I feel he is often too intense and over-indulgent for my taste; but this three-movement trumpet concerto entited 'Seraph' is really good. Yes, its got MacMillan's trademark big intervals and dissonant structures, but he's given us enough tune to hang our hat on. There are several passages that must have taken every last breath and required extreme practise and precision. It works well, with the trumpet and Scottish Ensemble never at odds with one another.

Next is a piece by Toru Takemitsu for solo trumpet, inserted by Alison as a palette-cleanser after the concerto. Takemitsu's piece explores the range of the trumpet, from soft muted phrases to boldness. Like much of his work, it has a beautiful structure and gently touches the heart.

Alexander Arutiunian's Trumpet Concerto is full of lively energetic rhythms and calls for huge amounts of virtuosic playing, which Alison delivers by the bucketful.
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Nice music, performed very well. Good music to listen to on long car journeys.
Would recommend her music to others.
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This CD was despatched very promptly and content was as had been described. Alison Balsam is excellent and we ordered another of her CDs both thoroughly enjoyable.
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. The strumpet with the trumpet.!
NOT AS GOOD AS HER PREVIOUS cd' AND I HAVE 5 earlier ones. I now think Tine Thing Helsketh is a better blower...
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HASH(0x94900234) out of 5 stars the greatest living trumpet soloist 14 July 2016
By Marty Krystall - Published on Amazon.com
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the greatest living trumpet soloist, Alison executes with panache. Her intonation is marvelous, and the orchestra doesn't get in her way.
Very well recorded too.
HASH(0x952a9744) out of 5 stars Very enjoyable 6 Oct. 2015
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Alison is great -- beautiful tone, flawless performance, and a technically engaging recording.
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HASH(0x947cb258) out of 5 stars Balsom Is Heavenly 6 Feb. 2014
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I bought the disc for the variety of concerti with an emphasis on Zimmermann whose appropriation of jazz comes through in his work, but it was really the concerto by Arutunian that blew me away with its melodious and propulsive nature. Through all the works, the clarity and richness of Balsom playing comes shining through.
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HASH(0x947cdf6c) out of 5 stars Not my kind of music 6 Mar. 2012
By David K. Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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Alison is a terrific trumpeter, and I have several of her other albums. She is musically as adept in this one as she is in the others. However, I am much more fond of the type of music she has previously played. These pieces were too unstructured for me. "Wailing" is a term that came to mind. This is, of course, my personal taste. Others may like this style. Alison herself is as good as ever.
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HASH(0x948060e4) out of 5 stars very good 10 Aug. 2013
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i actually got balsom and helseth confused at first, they're so similar. i think helseth has the edge overall, but balsom is no slouch...truly impressive.
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