The Art of Dancing: 21st-Century Concertos for Trumpet, Piano and Strings


Simon Desbruslais returns to disc on Signum with an album that continues to expand the repertoire of the trumpet even further, with four new commissions for Trumpet, Piano and String Orchestra

Toby Young’s The Art of Dancing is described by the composer as being ‘a modern homage to the baroque dance suite’, drawing inspiration from modern dance music styles including Acid House, Garage and Drum & Bass. Geoffrey Gordon’s Saint Blue is inspired by the visionary artist Wassily Kandinsky, creating a double concerto with a remarkable jazz-inspired cadenza between the trumpet, piano and double bass. Deborah Pritchard’s Seven Halts on the Somme responds to the series of oil paintings by artist Hughie O’Donoghue that mark seven stopping points for British troops during the Battle of the Somme – one of the most bloody conflicts of the First World War. Finally, Nimrod Borensteins’ Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and String Orchestra juxtaposes rhythms to create a multiplicity of different atmospheres in this highly effective and powerful work.

For these premiere recordings Simon Desbruslais performs with pianist Clare Hammond, accompanied by the English String Orchestra under Kenneth Woods.

★★★★ Beautifully performed, highly original disc – BBC Music Magazine

Simon Debruslais continues to expand the repertoire of his instrument with four new commissions… creating a double concerto with a remarkable jazz inspired cadenza – Northern Echo


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Simon Desbruslais trumpet

Clare Hammond piano

English String Orchestra

Kenneth Woods conductor


Release date: 25th August 2017
Order code: SIGCD513
Barcode: 635212051320

The Art of Dancing Toby Young

Suite for trumpet, piano and strings

1 Prelude [2.41]

2 Garage [2.39]

3 Acid House [3.17]

4 Drum & Bass [3.28]

5 Trance [5.12]

6 Breakbeat [2.53]

7 Postlude

8 Saint Blue Geoffrey Gordon  [9.41]

Double concerto for trumpet, piano and strings, after Kandinsky

Seven Halts on the Somme Deborah Pritchard

For solo trumpet in C, harp and string orchestra

9 I. The Grand Mine [1.57]

10 II. Trônes Wood [0.53]

11 III. Pozières: The Moulin [2.03]

12 IV. Warlencourt Ridge [1.42]

13 V. The Sucrerie: Longueval [1.12]

14 VI. Flatiron Copse [1.45]

15 VII. Guillemont to Ginch [2.49] feat. Rita Schindler Harp

Concerto for piano, trumpet and string orchestra, Op. 74 Nimrod Borenstein

16 I. Allegro [5.57]

17 II. Adagio [5.17]

18 III. Allegro [7.51]