Alison Balsom - Seraph (24/44 FLAC)
Alison Balsom – Seraph (24/44 FLAC)

Performer: Alison Balsom, Scottish Ensemble, Jonathan Morton
Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Lawrence Renes
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Warner
Size: 466 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

James MacMillan (b.1959)
Seraph for trumpet and string orchestra
01. I
02. II. Adagio
03. III. Marcato e ritmico

Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996)
Paths for solo trumpet
04. Paths

Alexander Grigori Arutiunian (1920-2012)
Trumpet Concerto in A flat major
05. I. Andante – Allegro Energico
06. II. Meno Mosso
07. III. Tempo I

arr. Tom Poster and Alison Balsom
08. Nobody Knows

Bernd Alois Zimmermann (1918-1970)
Trumpet Concerto in C major ‘Nobody Knows De Trouble I See’
for trumpet and chamber orchestra
09. Trumpet Concerto in C major

Alison Balsom is the world’s preeminent female classical trumpeter. She is an 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.

“Seraph may not quite be another Veni, Veni Emmanuel…But it’s still very enjoyable, from the Haydn-tinged jollity of the first movement, through a mysterious and lyrical slow movement to the rousing finale…Balsom is a superb advocate, combining technical brilliance with penetrating musicianship – a true poet of the trumpet as well as a formidable athlete.” (BBC Music Magazine)

„Seraph“ is concise and communicative, and, as expected from Macmillan, approachable. Balsom gets its (one hopes) long career off to a strong start…[in the Zimmermann] Balsom is in her element. She advocates for this music with passion and dignity, and the strength of her technique allows her to focus on communicating the work’s emotional content…this disc speaks well of her continuing maturation as an artist.” (International Record Review)

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