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Alison Balsom

June 2, 2011

Alison Balsom plays Haydn

Like other complex pieces of machinery, musical instruments evolve and improve over time. In 1795, Anton Weidinger invented the equivalent of power steering for the trumpet. He created a trumpet with keys, so the player could play every note with ease, not just some of them. Weidinger also happened to be a colleague of Joseph Haydn's. The result of that confluence was Haydn's Trumpet Concerto in E-flat. We'll hear a performance by British trumpeter Alison Balsom, from a concert last month in Manchester, England.

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hour 1

  • Henri Tomasi
    Nocturne from Trumpet Concerto
    Alison Balsom, trumpet, the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner, conductor
  • Albert Roussel
    Concerto for Small Orchestra, Op. 34
    The Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, Pierre Vallet, conductor
    Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, South Carolina
  • Robert Schumann
    Marchenbilder (Fairy Tales), Op. 113
    Lyda Chen, viola, Martha Argerich, piano
    RSI Auditorium, Lugano, Switzerland
  • Joseph Haydn
    Trumpet Concerto in E-flat, Hob. Vlle, No. 1
    Alison Balsom, trumpet, the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Vassily Sinaisky, conductor
    Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England

hour 2

  • Ignaz Paderewski
    Minuet in G, Op. 14, No. 1
    Stephen Hough, piano
  • Silvestre Revueltas
    Redes Suite
    The YOA Orchestra of the Americas, Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor
    Palais Montcalm, Quebec City, Quebec
  • Johann Christian Bach
    Grand Overture in D for Double Orchestra, Op. 18, No. 3
    The Arion Baroque Orchestra and Tafelmusik, Jeanne Lamon, conductor
    Claude Champagne Hall, Montreal, Quebec
  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    Piano Concerto No. 3 in E-Flat, Op. 75
    Stephen Hough, piano, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Bramwell Tovey, conductor
    Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, British Columbia
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