Featured here is a brief excerpt from a documentary about British trumpet virtuoso Alison Balsom by Richard Dunkley . What follows are several (thirteen!) stills from the film that also serve as links to music videos of some her outstanding performances from a variety of sources (only the Thalben-Ball elegy is audio only).
Video: We did a short variation of the film which was filed away and literally forgotten until editor Simon Sharp showed it to me recently. It is a beautiful cut, concentrating on Alison’s creative process rather than celebrity, with different music from the main film. Since then Alison has won the Classical BRITS again. ─Richard Dunkley
12th Century English Church where Alison Balsom practices on her trumpet.
Video: In concert, Alison Balsom performs a capella Claude Debussy’s Syrinx.
Trudging through the snow Alison Balsom brings her trumpet and her cup of coffee to practice in a Medieval stone church..
Video: Here Alison performs on the valveless natural trumpet, the brief overture from Händel’s: Atalanta
Entering the church.
Video: Handel – Birthday Ode for Queen Anne: Eternal source of light divine, Trevor Pinnock and the English Concert. Alison Balsom on natural trumpet with countertenor Iestyn Davies
Practicing inside the church in stained glass light.
Video: In concert, performing Haydn’s trumpet concerto in E-flat major.
In this profile Alison Balsom looks a little like Julie Christie in Dr. Zhivago.
Video: In Concert in Germany: Alison Balsom performs the Queen of the Night aria from Mozart’s the Magic Flute, receives a heavy award, and gives thanks in German.
Stretching after a long practice session.
Video: Beautiful baroque ornamentation in this Presto from a Vivaldi concerto.
Working out phrasing, etc., at the piano.
Video: Alison Balsom demonstrates triple-tonguing and discusses other technical demands of Enesco’s remarkable “Legend” before performing it.
Alison writes performance notes on her score.
Video: Alison Balsom talks a little about preparations for an album of Italian concertos.
Performing outside with dancers.
Video: In Concert, Ástor Piazzolla’s Libertango
The glam side of being a beautiful blond trumpet virtuoso.
Video: Rodion Shchedrin’s composition “A la Albeniz”.
Sashaying playfully before an appearance.
Video: Sweet melancholy in this Elegy by George Thalben-Ball, with Quentin Thomas on organ.
The remarkable dress Alison Balsom wore at the 2009 Classical Brits Awards where she won Female Artist of the Year
Video: Alison Balsom’s American television debut on The David Letterman Show. Hard to play trumpet when you’re smiling, but she manages. Dave was demonstrably wowed by this performance of the finale of Alessandro Marcello’s celebrated concerto.
Video: Alison, trumpet in hand, walks up through the middle of the audience to the stage and performs the lively rondo from Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s trumpet concerto.
And! She tweets!
Thanks – was v fun “
@puxxled: Dave Letterman truly wowed by Alison Balsom’s performance. http://youtu.be/IQF19eNf8OI #classical @AliBalsom”
3:26 PM – 17 May 13