Haydn/Hummel: Trumpet Concertos
Alison Balsom/Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
在青年艺术家音乐基金会的推荐下，Alison 引起了百代古典唱片公司的关注，在2002年为她发行了首张唱片，Alison现为BBC第三套广播演奏中的新生代艺术家节目中的一员，她已经在维格摩尔音乐厅和全部BBC管弦乐队合作演出过，这其中包括BBC交响乐和Andrew Davis爵士及BBC威尔国家管弦乐团。美女小号手在《Caprice》专辑中改编莫扎特《第11钢琴奏鸣曲》《夜后咏叹调》法雅的《7首流行的西班牙歌曲》帕格尼尼的《随想曲第24号》巴赫的《第一小提琴协奏曲》等等大家耳熟能详的曲目。通过这张专辑作品反映出了Alison 高超的小号演奏技巧。
专辑英文名: Haydn & Hummel Trumpet Concertos
艺术家: 艾利森 巴尔松 Alison Balsom
Release Date: 10/14/2008
Label: Emi Classics Catalog #: 16213 Spars Code: n/a
Composer: Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Franz Joseph Haydn, Johann Neruda, Giuseppe Torelli
Performer: Alison Balsom
Orchestra/Ensemble: German Chamber Philharmonic Bremen
Number of Discs: 1
Recorded in: Stereo
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins.
Artist: Alison Balsom
Release Year: 2008
Record Label: EMI Classics
Genre: Classical, Concerto
Alison Balsom’s fourth CD for EMI Classics features Franz Joseph Haydn and Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s evergreen trumpet concertos, coupled with concertos by Johann Baptist Georg Neruda and Giuseppe Torelli. Balsom also directs Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
The Haydn Trumpet Concerto is arguably the most popular work for the instrument as well as one of the composer’s best known compositions, a favourite of performers and audiences alike for its wonderful melodic invention and challenging virtuosity. Reviewing Alison’s performance with the Milwaukee Symphony in March of this year, the Journal Sentinel wrote, “Alison Balsom's details of attack, release, dynamics and timbre polished Haydn's … Trumpet Concerto into an exquisite little gem. …This concerto … has its moments of brilliant bugling. More often, though, it [shows the short-lived keyed trumpet] capable of a refined sort of expression …. Balsom excelled at both facets of the concerto. She snapped off staccato 16ths with ease and signal calls with clarion purity and power. And she shaped and colored Haydn's gentle, lyrical lines with the grace and warmth of a really good Mozartean mezzo.”
Jonathan Freeman-Attwood’s CD booklet note describes the notoriously-difficult-to-play ‘natural’ trumpet of the Renaissance and Baroque periods and the development of the ‘keyed’ trumpet by the Viennese court trumpeter Anton Weidinger in the 1790s, which inspired the concerto masterpieces by Haydn and Hummel performed on this disc.
The enticing melodic possibilities of Weidinger’s “keyed” trumpet, and indeed the artistry of Weidinger himself, moved Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), then at the height of his powers, to compose his concerto in E-flat for trumpet & orchestra. His last purely orchestral work, the concerto is a “gloriously ebullient and concise masterpiece in which the composer […] conceives a highly distinctive palette to thrust the trumpet into a brave new world.” Interestingly, it was not premiered until 1800, four years after its completion, possibly because Weidinger needed time to master its technical challenges.
Also composed for Weidinger was the Concerto in E Major (often performed, as here, in E-flat) by Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837), prodigy, student of Mozart and, later, of Haydn. Hummel composed his trumpet concerto in 1803 and Weidinger premiered it the following year for members of the Esterházy court. The composer was subsequently appointed music director there, on Haydn’s recommendation and likely helped by the success of his trumpet concerto. The concerto, “a more expansive work [than Haydn’s, takes the modified trumpet] a stage further in variety of idiomatic figuration and harmonic adventure.”
The Concerto in D by Giuseppe Torelli (1658-1709) was composed for the “natural” trumpet and likely performed on feast days in the San Petronio Basilica. The concerto for hunting horn and strings in E-flat by the Czech composer Johann Baptist Neruda (c1707-c1780) was probably written in the 1760s and is an example of a charming, traditional work of its era.
[-] by James Manheim
With the large selection of recordings on the market for both the Haydn and Hummel trumpet concertos, the browser might be forgiven for wondering whether British trumpeter Alison Balsom's no-neckline look might be the chief attraction here. It's not the case, and Balsom crafts a distinctive interpretation of these familiar works within the category of modern-instrument, chamber-orchestra readings. Annotator Jonathan Freeman-Attwood points out an interesting feature of the Haydn concerto's outer movements: the composer's humorous treatment of the fanfares conventionally associated with the trumpet. The instrument seems to be trying to assert itself against the flow of melody characteristic of Haydn's time. Balsom catches this humor with restrained playing that has an unmistakably sly quality. She also handles the virtuoso demands of the Hummel concerto effortlessly; offers very langorous, lovely slow movements; and switches gears into a sparer idiom for the Trumpet Concerto in D major by Giuseppe Torelli, which would have originally been played on a natural trumpet. The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, with Balsom apparently conducting from the trumpet, offers support in keeping with the general mood. The only complaints, and they are small ones, are that the program ends with a thud with the slight trumpet concerto (originally for hunting horn) by Jan Neruda and that the program is short at under 53 minutes. The shorter concertos would have worked better as an entr'acte, with the Hummel at the end. The sound, captured at a Lutheran church in suburban Bremen, is on the bright side, but reveals Balsom's subtle approach nicely. The buyer new to these familiar trumpet pieces can choose this release with confidence.
Composer: Franz Joseph Haydn, Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Jan Krtitel Jiri Neruda, Giuseppe Torelli
Audio CD (October 14, 2008)
SPARS Code: DDD
Number of Discs: 1
Label: EMI Classics
5.0 out of 5 stars Musically Interesting December 1, 2008
By John A. Moskal II
For 95% of you buyers, you've not only heard the Haydn, the Hummel, and the Neruda before, but you've probably got multiple recordings of each (I think I have at least 8 of each on my computer, not including ones that I haven't loaded yet), so you're probably wondering why should you buy this one.
First of all, let me say, if you're not in that category and you have no recordings of these pieces and are looking for one, go ahead, get this CD and you'll love it. The Haydn and Hummel are THE TWO trumpet concertos most backed by time for as universally guaranteed likability as could be sought. The other two are quite popular concertos as well, and her performances of them are as fine as any.
For those of you who want to save their money and don't feel like buying yet another recording of the same pieces; this recording is worth your money. While everyone's made their own statements of these pieces, few of them have surprised me as much as this one. Her interpretations are quite distinct from any that I have heard of these pieces and have allowed me to hear many parts of them in a different way. The usual articulations time-tested and handed down from one teacher to everyone have, quite as often as not, been shelved for new ones; and not to the detriment of the product.
She weaves her way through the melodies effortlessly and beautifully and is a delight to listen to. What has impressed me most about her playing (and was even more exemplified when I heard her play live) is her quiet playing. Her pianissimo entrances entrance. Her strength, in my opinion, and it is a great one, is in her great chamber music playing. She can blend her sound into that of a violin better than just about any I've ever heard, and this CD exemplifies that.
With respect to the entire repertoire of modern fully orchestral trumpet concertos, Miss Balsom has chosen to exemplify her talents with these four chamber pieces, traditionally chosen though they may be, they represent her talents fully. Her fantastic ability to phrase through the orchestra with the advantage of a beautiful soft sound to a fresh and delightfully coherent scheme of articulations make this CD a delight for any collector, be they new to the genre or as well traveled as a pair of old boots.
01. Concerto in E flat major for Trumpet and Orchestra (1806): I. Allegro con spirito – 09:24
02. Concerto in E flat major for Trumpet and Orchestra (1806): II. Andante – 04:45
03. Concerto in E flat major for Trumpet and Orchestra (1806): III. Rondo – 03:40
04. Concerto in E flat for Trumpet & Orchestra Hob. VII e:I: Allegro – 06:37
05. Concerto in E flat for Trumpet & Orchestra Hob. VII e:I: Andante – 03:31
06. Concerto in E flat for Trumpet & Orchestra Hob. VII e:I: Finale. Allegro – 04:35
07. Concerto for Trumpet & Orchestra in D major 'Estienne Roger': I. Allegro – 02:00
08. Concerto for Trumpet & Orchestra in D major 'Estienne Roger': II. Adagio - Presto - Allegro – 02:18
09. Concerto for Trumpet & Orchestra in D major 'Estienne Roger': III. Allegro – 01:33
10. Concerto for Trumpet and Strings in E flat major: I. Allegro – 05:13
11. Concerto for Trumpet and Strings in E flat major: II. Largo – 04:34
12. Concerto for Trumpet and Strings in E flat major: III. Vivace – 04:36