The trumpet, being an aggressive beast by nature, often sounds best when played with restraint – particularly in the context of an exposed solo recital. Tine Thing Helseth, the 25-year-old Norwegian trumpeter, is just such a tasteful musician. She makes a strong case for her playing on “Tine” (pronounced Teen-eh), a recital featuring unexpected arrangements and original works for the trumpet.
Like her slightly older EMI label-mate Alison Balsom, Helseth challenges the traditionally macho image attached to the trumpet. While her last album, “Storyteller,” focused on lush song arrangements with orchestra, this collection has a broader expressive range. Joined by pianist Kathryn Stott, Helseth plays one of the great brass sonatas, Paul Hindemith's 1939 Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, with a well-focused tone and clean technique. Similarly, two pieces by fellow Norwegians – Øistein Sommerfeldt’s Divertimento and Edvard Hagerup Bull’s Perpetuum Mobile – have a blend of warmth and precision.
Helseth also presents a number of transcriptions that lie outside the trumpet's comfort zone. They include the Rachmaninoff Vocalise, a pair of Fritz Kreisler numbers and Falla's seven Canciones populares españolas. The below promotional video features several performances from the album.
Tine Thing Helseth
Available at Arkivmusic.com
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