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'Paris'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Paris'

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'Paris' Kosma Les feuilles mortes Legrand/Marnay/ Barclay La valse des lilas Messiaen Vingt regards sur l'Enfant-Jesus--No 15, Le baiser de iEnfant-Jesus Piazzolla Histoire du tango: Cafe 1930. Oblivion Ravel Vocalise-etude en forme de habanera. Piano Concerto in G--Adagio assai Reinhardt Nuages Satie Gymnopedie No 3. Gnossienne No 3 Alison Balsom tpt The Guy Barker Orchestra / Guy Barker, Timothy Redmond with Milos Karadaglie, Al Cherry gtrs Grant Windsor of Warner Classics [F] 2564 63278-9 (52' * DDD)

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Studying in Paris helped to define Alison Balsom's belief of what a virtuoso trumpet soloist might achieve in the footsteps of her mentor, Maurice Andre. This potpourri of a recital is, though, very much of its own time, eclectically flavoured in its collaborative elements and juxtaposition of music languages, and deftly underpinned by Balsom's considered curating.

If the opening Satie Gymnopedie represents something of a beguiling temptress, a pair of Piazzollas reveal the soloist's inimitable capacity for shaping a melody with the seasoned tonal focus and impeccable intonation which are integral to Balsom's admired armoury.

For all the 'loungey' resonances in the arrangements, there is considerably more skill here than meets the eye. …

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