I’ve been racking my brain for the past few days in an attempt to come up with a topic more “in my wheelhouse” than Alison Balsom’s “Sound the Trumpet” album, but to no avail. Let us count the ways that I have been unsuccessful (though not disappointed) in my attempts:
2. Out of the vast array of period instrument interpreters that have sprung up in the relatively recent past, Trevor Pinnock is far-and-away my favorite.
3. An album whose desire to “celebrate the heroic era of the Baroque trumpet” is achieved by focusing exclusively on the works of Handel and Purcell? Hecks yeah!
4. The natural trumpet is awesome. I have no idea how anyone can play that…or any other trumpet, for that matter. (It’s actually not the only kind of trumpet Balsom can play, but it’s all she plays on this particular album.)
(Bonus trumpet-y awesomeness is available from Gerard Schwarz upon request.)