Alison Balsom: Paris | Warner 2564632789

Alison Balsom: Paris


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Label: Warner

Cat No: 2564632789

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 8th September 2014



Alison Balsom (trumpet)
Milos Karadaglic (guitar)
Guy Barker Orchestra


Guy Barker


Kosma, Joseph

Les feuilles mortes

Legrand, Michel

La valse des lilas

Messiaen, Olivier

Vingt Regards sur l'enfant-Jesus
» Le baiser de l'Enfant Jesus

Piazzolla, Astor

Histoire du Tango
» Cafe 1930

Ravel, Maurice

Piano Concerto in G major
» II Adagio assai
Piece en forme de Habanera

Reinhardt, Django


Satie, Erik

Gnossiennes (6)
» no.3 Lent
Gymnopedies (3)
» III Lent et Grave


Alison Balsom (trumpet)
Milos Karadaglic (guitar)
Guy Barker Orchestra


Guy Barker


An ‘astonishing virtuosa’ (The Times) with ‘limitless potential’ (The Guardian), Alison Balsom is a multi-faceted trumpet player involved in a broad range of musical projects. The pieces on this collection inhabit a common Parisian musical world, but the voices that emerge from them are incredibly varied. From Ravel to Reinhardt, Balsom illustrates the flexibility and expressiveness of her instrument, supported by the orchestra of jazz composer and trumpeter Guy Barker.

One of today’s most in-demand classical music personalities, English trumpeter and BBC Proms darling Alison Balsom shares her love of Paris on this new solo album. After becoming the first British woman to win Gramophone Magazine’s prestigious Artist of the Year award, Alison brings her glamour, poise and dazzling virtuosity to Paris with a selection of music written in and inspired by the most romantic city in the world.

This album marks a major departure for Alison Balsom, from the core classical repertoire with which she has established her distinguished recording and performing career to date, to a crossover album, taking inspiration from a number of different artists and influences.

The concept of the album is Paris as seen by artists and composers as diverse as Olivier Messiaen, Astor Piazzolla, Django Rheinardt and Cole Porter.  In collaboration with Guy Barker – a trumpeter who has worked with the biggest names in the business, and with a solid reputation in the jazz world – Alison reinterprets the greatest music written in and about Paris. 

With guest artist Miloš Karadaglić, this album is sure to position Alison amongst the top-selling classical artists with mainstream appeal and broad recognition.

What really makes this performer so magnetic and distinctive is the quality of the notes that tumble so effortlessly from whatever trumpet she holds in her hands, and whatever music she plays.” - The Times

Occasionally a player comes along who turns all the preconceived ideas about their instrument on their head, and reinvents the repertoire…Alison Balsom is a virtuoso player and a natural, gifted communicator.” - Classic FM Magazine

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