BALSOM, Alison: Trumpet's Splendour (The)

BALSOM, Alison: Trumpet's Splendour (The)


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Conductor: Zhang, Xian

Debussy, Claude - Composer

Date of Concert: 2009
Playing Time: 00:27:00
Television Director: Morell, Andreas
Catalogue Number: A05512516

In only a few years, trumpeter Alison Balsom has shot forward to the topmost ranks of today's instrumental soloists, reaching untold popularity for her playing - and for the trumpet. Since her appearance in a live international broadcast of the Last Night of the Proms, she has become one of the best known UK artists of today, with sales of her CDs topping the charts. She won two Classical BRIT Awards, one in 2006 as best young British classical performer, and another in 2009 as female artist of the year - one of the rare brass players to win such acclaim. She was also the first female UK artist to win an ECHO Klassik Award as best young artist (2007). For her CD with trumpet concertos by Haydn and Hummel, she took home another ECHO Klassik award in 2009.

At the center of the documentary are two performances. One is a public performance of Haydn's celebrated Trumpet Concerto in E flat major with the Berlin Konzerthaus Orchestra under the Chinese conductor Xian Zhang, recorded in the classicistic hall of the Konzerthaus Berlin. The other is a "private" recording of Bach's Concerto in D major, BWV 792 with organist David Goode, Gigue, BWV 1008 and Debussy's Syrinx. The recording in the Sophienkirche was made with a RED One camera, a special HD camera that impressively captures the church's unique atmosphere. In the documentary section, Alison Balsom also explains why she enjoys performing in churches, and dicusses her love of the trumpet and how she came to the instrument as a child.

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