Wordless Wednesday; New CD’s!



January Playlist


It’s taken a while, but here is January’s playlist. It’s a bit of a big hitter in terms of the substance of the music but it’s an enjoyable – and listenable – selection.

Toccata Charles Widor
Black Dyke Band conducted by Nicolas Childs

Tallis Variations Philip Sparke
Cory Band conducted by Philip Harper

A Hebridean Lullaby Philip Harper
Leyland Band
Baritone soloist Katrina Marzella

Finale from Daphnis and Chloe 2nd Suite Maurice Ravel arr. Howard Snell
Eikanger-Bjorsvik Band conducted by Howard Snell

Some quite serious music, but what music!

What’s On My iPod 3

For me, one of the beauties of music is that you don’t need to play a certain instrument – or even play at all – to appreciate the beauty of it. To that end, I’m no trumpet soloist. But this CD, regardless of what you do or don’t play is an absolute must have.

Tine Thing Helseth, the Norwegian trumpet sensation’s debut album for EMI, Storyteller, eschews the more traditional concertos and ‘show off’ pieces focusing on telling stories without words through the medium of her trumpet and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

What do you end up with? A quite stunning CD full of warm, rich, lyrical playing that does exactly what it’s titles suggests; tells a story, or rather, stories. For me, the items which see the trumpet take the lead on soaring melodic lines see Tine Thing Helseth at her best. In fact, for me, the first ten seconds – and the soloist’s third note – of the CD are worth the price alone. Click play below to have a listen.

Regardless of what you play – trumpet, clarinet, bagpipes, comb and paper – buy this CD. You won’t regret it.