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Review: Welsh Proms - Fanfare Prom @ SDH

Posted by Weeping Tudor from Cardiff - Published on 29/08/2013 at 14:11
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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
Saint David’s Hall
Friday 26th July 2013

I recall a conversation I had the other month with someone on the internet about how little the trumpet is used in music.

I was referring to how many concertos are written for it. Brass players have many breaks during the rehearsals for symphonies and other orchestral works. This particular person repeated what I had written three times in a new comment. As if I had not heard myself the first time. It's very true, considering how many concertos have been written for the violin, cello and piano. I had to get that across.

For this prom, we were visited by a strongly emerging talent in the trumpet, Norwegian player Tine Thing Helseth (loving the name). She took us through an array of music (most of which were transcribed for the trumpet) by Rachmaninov, Canteloube, Delibes and others. The two highlights were her renditions of Songs My Mother Taught Me by Dvořák and Was It A Dream? by Sibelius. the former had great Gypsy bite and a charming, growing nature.

Whilst the latter had a potent dream like element that could have nodded you off to sleep. Her longest work came after the second half, in a proper work for her instrument, the Trumpet Concerto by Hayden. This prim work is her bread and butter and she plays it as if she does everyday. Regal sounding and firmly in the canon. Will she return for a third time for our Welsh Proms?

The last work was Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. The opening bars of this are some of the most famous in all of classical music. You may even find yourself going "Bum, Bum, Bum, Buuuuuummm..." whilst listening to it. It's an earthy work like all of his symphonies. He wrote the rock and roll of its day and this is fine evidence of this with its jumpy mood and ecstatic tendencies.

A sumptuous concert.

Rating: 7/10

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