Alison Balsom – Caprice (2006/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44.1kHz | Time – 59:46 minutes | 534 MB | Genre: Classical
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Voted Young British Classical Performer of the Year at the 2006 Classical Brits, Alison Balsom follows her critically-acclaimed album Bach: Works for Trumpet with Caprice, a novel and demanding programme of specially arranged popular classical works.

The album features sparkling transcriptions of Mozart’s ‘Rondo alla Turca’ and the Queen of the Night’s aria (from The Magic Flute) as well as the scintillating ‘Variations on Bellini’s Norma’ by the French virtuoso Jean-Baptiste Arban. Amongst the more lyrical numbers, Balsom plays arrangements of Rachmaninov’s haunting Vocalise and the exquisite Nocturne from Tomasi’s Trumpet Concerto. She also brings her unique sound to two pieces played by the trumpet alone: Paganini’s well-known violin Caprice No.24 and Debussy’s Syrinx.

“The young British trumpeter Alison Balsom is a real star: resplendent and well-varied tone, crisp attack, absolute ease of production throughout the range.” –BBC Music Magazine

“What comes across is Balsom’s sheer exuberance and joy in making music. Be astonished at the variety of moods the trumpet is capable of.” –Classic FM Magazine

“In the Latin-inspired pieces, Balsom’s awareness of the choreographic suggestiveness in the raunchy Piazzolla and smouldering Falla brings exhilarating freedom and colour. …another infectious performance from a dazzling young British talent in fine form, one whose programming ideas and emerging musical personality go from strength to strength.” –Gramophone Magazine

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
1. Sonata in A Major, K. 331: III. Rondo alla turca 03:07
Astor Piazzólla (1921-1992)
2. Libertango 04:34
Oskar Fredrik Lindberg (1887-1955)
3. Gammel fäbodpsalm från Dalarna: Andante 04:10
4. Arban / Milone: Variations on Bellini’s Norma 06:26
Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840)
5. 24 Caprices, Op. 1: No. 24 in A Minor 04:20
Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
7 Canciones populares españolas
6. El paño moruno 01:16
7. Seguidilla murciana 01:14
8. Asturiana 02:09
9. Jota 03:06
10. Nana 01:28
11. Canción 01:04
12. Polo 01:20
Sergey Rachmaninov (1873-1943)
13. 14 Songs, Op. 34: No. 14 Vocalise 05:03
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
14. Die Zauberflöte K. 620 ‘The Magic Flute’: Der Hölle Rache 02:58
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
15. Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041: II. Andante 06:13
Claude Achille Debussy (1862-1918)
16. Syrinx 02:43
Henri Fredien Tomasi (1901-1971)
17. Trumpet Concerto: II. Nocturne 04:35
Astor Piazzólla (1921-1992)
18. Esqualo 04:00

Alison Balsom, trumpet
Göteborgs Symfoniker
Edward Gardner, conductor