Alison Balsom: Italian Concertos

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VIVALDI / MARCELLO / ALBINONI / TARTINI
Alison Balsom: Italian Concertos
Alison Balsom (trumpet) / Scottish Ensemble

[ Warner Classics / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 1 April 2011

"Her playing is breathtaking, first in the bubbling fluency of Vivaldi violin concerto allegros...while her fluent technique elicits some exhilarating tempos. No less arresting is her creamy tone in slow movements...Listening to it is nothing short of a life-enhancing experience."
(BBC Music)

"It's a typically elegant affair: Balsom's bright tone and tight phrasing on the opening Allegro of "Vivaldi's Violin Concerto in A Minor" gives way to more subtle work on the Largo, with a series of delicate, feathery trills...her nimble fingering on the opening section of [the Albinoni] is supplanted by long, poised notes on the Adagio section. An eloquent performance."
(The Independent)

"Her playing is breathtaking, first in the bubbling fluency of Vivaldi violin concerto allegros...while her fluent technique elicits some exhilarating tempos. No less arresting is her creamy tone in slow movements...Listening to it is nothing short of a life-enhancing experience."
(BBC Music)

"Balsom takes the first movement [of the Vivaldi] at such a lick that it's over before you know it; but the clarity and precision of her articulation make it an exhilarating experience...Her orchestrated version of an Albinoni violin sonata is notable for some nimble playing in the first Allegro."
(Classics FM)

"suave, characterful performances...Wistfulness and exuberance combined come to the fore in the Cimarosa, while Balsom's clear, focused tone irradiates Albinoni's less exciting Oboe Concerto in B flat with a warmth and intensity that is carried over into the penultimate work on the disc, Tartini's D major Trumpet Concerto"
(Gramophone)

Tracks:

Albinoni:
Concerto Op. 7 No. 3 for oboe & strings in B flat major
Concerto after Sonata da Chiesa in D minor

Cimarosa:
Oboe Concerto in C major/C minor (freely arr. by Arthur Benjamin)

Marcello, B:
Oboe Concerto in C minor

Tartini:
Trumpet concerto in D major D53 (originally for Violin)

Vivaldi:
Concerto, Op. 3 No. 6 'Con Violino Solo obligato', RV 356
Concerto, Op. 3 No. 3 'Con Violino Solo obligato', RV 310

Alison Balsom - Tartini Trumpet Concerto in D Major D53: Allegro Grazioso