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Alison Balsom, Quentin Thomas - Music for Trumpet and Organ (2002)

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Alison Balsom, Quentin Thomas - Music for Trumpet and Organ (2002)

Alison Balsom, Quentin Thomas - Music for Trumpet and Organ (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 219 Mb | Total time: 57:45 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | 5 75683 2 | Recorded: 2002

Balsom explains in her booklet note that EMI gave her considerable freedom in choosing her programme for the disc and thereby lays my only real reservation. The objective (a daunting one as Balsom readily admits) was to seek out new material although what we get is a slightly uncomfortable blend of one vast original composition in the Eben, that whilst well coupled with the shorter Tomasi work seems rather ill at ease with the likes of Shenandoah and George Thalben-Ball’s well-known organ Elegy. It may be that Balsom was conscious of not duplicating works with Håkan Hardenberger’s release of music for the same combination that appeared on BIS earlier this year (also reviewed by the writer) although in fact it is only the Tomasi that is common to both discs.
It is Eben’s Windows that is the undoubted highlight of the disc, a weighty, dramatic tableaux in four substantial movements inspired by Chagall’s twelve stained glass windows at the Hadassah Medical Centre in Jerusalem (The same windows that in 1974, also inspired John McCabe’s orchestral piece Chagall Windows). Balsom mentions the unforgettable experience of recording the work at midnight in Paisley Cathedral. The silence and grandeur of the surroundings must have made an impression for this is an evocative performance of a characteristically deeply felt work. Anyone familiar with Eben’s music will know his brilliance as a composer for organ and the writing for the instrument here is every bit as demanding as the trumpet part, both Balsom and the young organist Quentin Thomas acquitting themselves with considerable aplomb.
In the Tomasi, Balsom may not quite have the spectacular security in the highest register of the piccolo trumpet that Hardenberger possesses but gives a slightly less hard-edged performance, with beautifully lyrical playing in the tranquil central section. Indeed it is Balsom’s lyrical playing that in many ways impresses most, a combination of her superb clarity of both tone and articulation, producing a seamless legato sound that truly shines in the Sweelinck, the most effective of the arrangements of early music on the disc. Whilst the Bach violin Partita is a fine vehicle for her virtuosity the genius of the original writing is such that any arrangement will always leave me slightly cold. The playing is, nonetheless, sympathetic.
–Christopher Thomas

Performer:
Alison Balsom, trumpet
Quentin Thomas, organ

Track List:
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)
01. Variations on 'Mein junges Leben hat ein End'
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
02. Allemande from Partita Ⅱ, BWV 1004
Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Musike from “King Arthur”
03. 1. Trumpet Tune
04. 2. Symphony
05. 3. Song Tune 1 “Round Thy Shores”
06. 4. Warlike Consort
Traditional
07. Shenandoah
George Thalben-Ball (1896-1987)
08. Elegy
Henri Tomasi (1901-1971)
09. Semaine Sainte A Cuzco
Olivier Messiaen (1908-92)
10. Vocalise-Étude, Pour Voix Élevées
Petr Eben (1929-2007)
Okna, Podle Marca Chagalla (Windows, After Marc)
11. 1. Modré Okno (The Blue Window) - Con Moto Persistente
12. 2. Zelené Okno (The Green Window) - Andantino Pastorale
13. 3. Červené Okno (The Red Window) - Risoluto E Drammatico
14. 4. Zlaté Okno (The Gold Window) - Festivo


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Alison Balsom, Quentin Thomas - Music for Trumpet and Organ (2002)

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