Alison Balsom, Tom Poster – Légende: Works For Trumpet And Piano (2016)
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The trumpeter Alison Balsom has a rich Warner Classics catalogue, but this is her first CD recital with piano – here played by her long-standing recital partner, Tom Poster.

Balsom describes the progamme as embracing “the most important repetoire for trumpet and piano” – taking a fascinating journey through 20th century works by such composers as Enescu, Hindemith, Martinu, Francaix, Bernstein and Maxwell Davies. That being said, the final piece – preceding ‘American Songbook’ encores by Gershwin and Kern – dates from the 21st centruy and was composed by the team of Balsom and Poster themselves. Called The Thoughts of Dr. May, it is inspired by another British musician: Brain May, lead guitarist of the rock band Queen – and also, as it happens, an astrophysicist.

01 – Jean Françaix: Sonatine pour trompette et piano – I. Prelude
02 – Jean Françaix: Sonatine pour trompette et piano – IIa. Sarabande
03 – Jean Françaix: Sonatine pour trompette et piano – IIb. Cadenza
04 – Jean Françaix: Sonatine pour trompette et piano – III. Gigue
05 – George Enescu: Légende for trumpet and piano
06 – Alexander Goedicke: Concert Etude, Op. 49
07 – Peter Maxwell Davies: Farewell to Stromness
08 – Paul Hindemith: Trumpet Sonata – I. Mit Kraft
09 – Paul Hindemith: Trumpet Sonata – II. Mäßig bewegt
10 – Paul Hindemith: Trumpet Sonata – IIIa. Trauermusik
11 – Paul Hindemith: Trumpet Sonata – IIIb. Alle Menschen müssen sterben
12 – Maurice Ravel: Sonatine, M. 40 – II. Mouvement de menuet
13 – Tom Poster & Alison Balsom: The Thoughts of Dr. May
14 – Bohuslav Martinů: Sonatine for trumpet and piano
15 – Leonard Bernstein: Rondo for Lifey
16 – George Gershwin: Someone to Watch Over Me
17 – Jerome Kern: The Way You Look Tonight

The recital was recorded live in London.

Alison Balsom – trumpet
Tom Poster – piano