Magazine article Gramophone

'Legende'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Legende'

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'Legende' Bernstein Rondo for Lifey Enescu Legende FranQaix Sonatine Gershwin Someone to watch over me (arr Turrin) Goedicke Concert-etude (arr Dokshitser) Hindemith Trumpet Sonata Kern The way you look tonight (arr Poster) Martinu Sonatine Maxwell Davies Farewell to Stromness (transcr Balsom/Poster) Poster/ Balsom The Thoughts of Dr May Ravel Sonatine-Menuet

Alison Balsom tpt Tom Poster pf Warner Classics (F) 9029 59877-2 (61' * DDD) Recorded live at St George's, Bristol, October 12-13, 2015.

Enescu's Legende gives its title to this album, and it sets the mood. It's too serious to count as a lollipop but it's not exactly as weighty as the one really substantial piece here: Hindemith's powerful Sonata of 1939. The Hindemith, plus sonatinas by Francaix (typically concise) and Martinu anchor the programme. Around them are miniatures ranging from Kern and Gershwin transcriptions to that unlikely 'smooth classic', Maxwell Davies's Farewell to Stromness. There's even The Thoughts of Dr May, an enjoyably lush six-minute duo apparently written collaboratively by Balsom and Poster as a tribute to Queen guitarist Brian May. …

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