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Helseth with Stott for Her 'Perfect Evening of Music'

Magazine article Gramophone

Helseth with Stott for Her 'Perfect Evening of Music'

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'Tine' (GC) (GP)

Enescu Legend Falla Siete Canciones populares espanolas Glazunov Album Leaf Hagerup Bull Perpetuum mobile Hindemith Trumpet Sonata Ibert Impromptu Kreisler Marche miniature viennoise. Toy Soldiers' March Puccini Avanti Urania; Canto d'anime; E l'uccellino; Sole e amore; Storiella d'amore Rachmaninov Vocalise, Op 34 No 14 Sommerfeldt Divertimento, Op 21

Tine Thing Helseth tpt Kathryn Stott pf

EMI (F) 416471-2 (68' * DDD)

Tine Thing Helseth's playing is stylish in every way and there is ready virtuosity when required. She immediately finds character in the brief Ibert Impromptu. Glazunov's Album Leaf has a yearningly romantic main theme, ideal for the trumpet, which is given a series of variations which both artists relish. Helseth tells us she was 'immediately inspired' by Enescu's slightly doleful Legend and its mood is again reflected in the pianist's accompaniment, most touching at the close. Bull's Perpetuum mobile is deliciously volatile and spiritedly pointed by this duo, while the collection of five Puccini items draws more on his songs than his operas. Sommerfeldt's Divertimento shows Helseth's remarkable range: she is as happy with a soulful central Larghetto as with the dancing final Allegro con brio.

Falla's Siete Canciones populares espanolas are familiar and transcribe effectively to the combination of trumpet and piano (Stott's contribution especially telling, rhythmically). The 'Asturiana' and 'Berceuse' are haunting on the legato trumpet, while the catchy 'Jota' makes asplendid foil between them.

Hindemith's Sonata was highly prized by its composer, with an enticing secondary theme in the first movement which invites a burst of virtuosity from the pianist. After a brief and unexpectedly lightweight central movement, the sonata ends with a solemn 'Trauermusik', which closes with a profound quotation of the 17th-century chorale melody Alle Menschen mussen sterben ('All men must die'). …

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