Sound the Trumpet: Royal Music of Purcell & Handel (2012)
Alison Balsom (trumpet), Iestyn Davies (counter tenor), Lucy Crowe (soprano), Simon Neal (harpsichord), The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock (organ), Trevor Pinnock (harpsichord)
composed by George Frederick Handel, Henry Purcell
British trumpeter Alison Balsom has been popular from the start, and she seems to gain strength as she tackles each new project and expands her range ... Show synopsis British trumpeter Alison Balsom has been popular from the start, and she seems to gain strength as she tackles each new project and expands her range. Here she plays a Baroque trumpet (apparently a natural trumpet with finger holes but no keys) and is accompanied by the period-instrument English Concert under its veteran conductor Trevor Pinnock. They worked together on most of the arrangements of pieces by Handel and Purcell, and the results in this well-worn British musical ground are nothing short of stunning. The variety of timbres that emerge from Balsom's instrument is nothing short of stunning, and the place to start in sampling it is with the three vocal duets, two with the fine countertenor Iestyn Davies and one with soprano Lucy Crowe. These give the uncanny effect of almost hearing two vocal parts that so many instrumentalists aim for in arrangements like this, but that so few actually achieve. Balsom has always been a charismatic player with an attractive tone, and an anthology of her...