America meets Britain
Star trumpeter Alison Balsom deliberately reduced her concert workload in recent years in order to concentrate on the projects close to her heart. So it was a stroke of luck that the British musician couldn’t say no when one of today’s top orchestras asked her if she would play the solo part in the trumpet concerto that Wynton Marsalis composed in 2022.
The American Wynton Marsalis is one of the few artists to make a name for himself both in jazz and in classical music as a top trumpeter, not to mention his commitment to jazz in the cultural world and his support for the rights of African American musicians. After the interval, the London Symphony Orchestra transplants us to Britain with the Fifth Symphony by Ralph Vaughan Williams: written in the dark war years up to 1943, this is a score of truly luminous beauty.
London Symphony Orchestra
Alison Balsom trumpet
conductor Sir Antonio Pappano
Adagio for Strings, Op. 11
Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra in E-flat major
– Interval –
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Symphony No. 5 in D major
Hamburg International Music Festival
Promoter: Konzertdirektion Dr. Rudolf Goette / HamburgMusik