Album: Alison Balsom, Seraph (EMI Classics)

 

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Following acclaimed interpretations of Vivaldi, Haydn, Hummel and Albinoni, trumpeter Alison Balsom tackles more modernist 20th century terrain.

Alexander Arutiunian's "Trumpet Concerto" is evocative of Rimsky-Korsakov's ebullience, the romantic central movement the standout, held in check by Balsom's subtle use of mute. Bernd Alois Zimmermann's "Nobody knows de trouble I see" is a complex arrangement of spirituals informed by recent experience of war. But the highlight is James MacMillan's "Seraph", with the assertive opening brio giving way to a more reflective Adagio dialogue between trumpet and violin, before emerging refreshed for the animated closing movement.

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