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Alison Balsom has been successful since the early 2000s with a standard diet of Baroque trumpet works and the usual Classical-period concertos. In the mid-2010s she turned toward more contemporary repertory with a French conservatory flavor. The results on the trumpet-and-piano Légende, named for the effusive Enescu piece (track five), are impressive; Balsom deepens her art with a coherent program even as she plays mostly music that could be characterized as light. Sample one of the movements of the opening Sonatine of the ...

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  1. Sonatine for trumpet & piano in C major
  2. Légende, for trumpet & piano
  3. Concert étude, for trumpet & piano, Op. 49
  4. Farewell to Stromness, piano interlude from "The Yellow Cake Revue", J. 166
  5. Sonata for trumpet & piano
  6. Sonatine for piano in F sharp minor, M. 40: Minuet
  7. The Thoughts of Dr. May, for trumpet & piano
  8. Sonatina for trumpet & piano, H. 357
  9. Rondo for Lifey, for trumpet & piano (from "Brass Music")
  10. Someone to Watch Over Me, song (from Oh, Kay!, musical)
  11. The Way You Look Tonight, song (from the film "Swing Time")
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