Tine Thing Helseth’s latest album is the eponymous Tine, and she joins with pianist Kathryn Stott to create a recital-like experience. “In a way, you can say that this list of music is, for me, a perfect evening of music-making, starting with the playful, jazz-inspired Impromptu by Ibert and ending with the monumental sonata by Hindemith…not much can follow that,” Helseth tells us in the program notes. But, as in a much-appreciated live recital, there are encores; the beautiful Rachmaninoff Vocalise and two pieces by Fritz Kreisler arranged for trumpet and piano.
In between the Ibert and the Hindemith is a great variety of music, much of it in arrangements for trumpet and piano. Included among these are the seven Canciones populares españolas by Manuel de Falla, short works by Glazunov and Enescu, and five rarely-heard songs (not opera arias) by Puccini. One piece was not only written for trumpet, but for trumpet alone: the Divertimento by the 20th-century Norwegian composer Øistein Sommerfeldt.
Each of these pieces supports a beautiful recital that shows clearly that, as Helseth asserts, “The trumpet is as much an expressive instrument as violin, flute, or the human voice. I want to be able to show the true palette of colours and range of textures that the trumpet can display and I think it’s important to go beyond the sport aspect of trumpet-playing.”
Helseth goes well beyond the cliché of the trumpet as a power instrument mostly used for brightness and strength of sound. She brings all this music to life in a way that is rarely heard, with expert and collegial support from pianist Kathryn Stott.