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.