REICHE: Abblasen (Fanfare) for Organ. BACH: SchUubler Chorale No. 6 Come thou, Jesus, from Heaven to Earth. Ah, How Fleeting , How Insubstantial, BWV 644. Chorale Prelude, Saviour of the Heathens, BWV659. Chorale Prelude Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now! BWV 655. Sonata in G Minor, BWV 1030. The Old Year Has Passed, bwv 614. The Body, Indeed in the Earth, BWV 161. When Jesus Stood By the Cross, BWV 621, Sonata in A, BWV 1032, In Sweet Rejoicing, BWV 608. Christ Lay in the Snares of Death, BWV 625. It Is Our Salvation Come Here to Us BWV 638. Lord God We Praise You, BWV 601. O God, Be Meaningful to Me, BWV 721. I Do Desire Deeply, BWV 727. Sonata in C minor, BWV 1014. When We Are in Utmost Need, BEV 641. Oh Men, Beware Your Great Sin, BWV 622. Praise God, Alll Christians, BWV 609. Sonata in E flat, BWV 1031. Jesus, My Joy, BWV 610. Through Adam's Fall All Is Corrupt, BWV 637. I Call to You, BWV 638, He Who Lets Only God Dear God Rule, BWV 642. Sonata in F minor, BWV 1018. Lord Jesus Christ, Be Present Now, BWV 632. Aria di Postiglione from Capriccio on the departure of a beloved brother, BWV 992.
Andrew Balio trumpet / Bruce Bengtson, organ
Delos Records-FUTURE SYMPHONY INSTITUTE CD DE3560 (2 discs) TT: 1:54:26

SCARLATTI: Complete Piano Sonatas - Volume V
Christoph Ullrich, piano
TACET CD 259 (2 DISKS) TT: 1:55:30

CHOPIN:Grand valse brilliante in E flat, Op. 18. RACHMANINOFF: Dasies Op. 38 No. 2. Prelude in G, Op 32 No. 5. BARBER: Nocturne (Homage to John Field, Op. 33. Let's Sit It Out, I'd Rather Watch. GRIEG: Wedding Day at Troldhaugen. DEBUSSY: La Fille aux cheveux de lin. BACH: Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp.
DECCA CD 2022-03-18 TT: 67:41


Andrew Balio is Principal Trumpet with the Baltimore Symphony, a position he has held since 2001. He also has held that position with the Oslo Philharmonic Ruth Slenczynska / Scarlatti Sonatas / Christoph and Israel Philharmonic orchestras. Balio has a fine solo career as well. Throughout his career he has been fascinated by music of Johann Sebastian Bach, as evidenced by this fine new set that contains many masterpieces by the composer, all transcriptions by Balio.We have a group of chorale preludes, excerpts from Das Orgelbüchkeub. choral preludes, and three sonatas originally written for other instruments. The program opens with a brief (:40) fanfare by Gottfried Reiche (1667-1734), a trumpet virtuoso of his time for whom Bach wrote many works. It is a spectacular display for the trumpet, an appropriate opening for this program. Throughout Balio plays with virtuosity and tonal beauty, and his brilliant sound soars over the baroque organ accompaniments masterfully played by Bruce Bengtson, who is also devoted to Bach. The recordings were made August 2019 at Reyes Organ and Choral Hall, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana. CD notes by Balio are another plus. A fine release!

Domenico Scarlatti ( 1685 - 1757), one of the famous earlyt Italian composers, is best known for his piano sonatas: He wrote 555 of them! German pianist Christoph Ulrich is in the process of ecording all of them for Tacet, and here we have Volume V in the series, the thirty sonatas numbers 206 to 235. The sonatas originally were written for harpsichiord, they are here performed on a modern Steinway grand piano. Recordings were made in September 2020, and the engieering presents beautiful natural sound for these elegant performances. Many years ago, Fenando Valenti recorded many of these sonatas on the harpsichord but I imagine most liseners will prtefer the piano. If you enjoy Scarlatti, don't miss the magnificent performance of Sonata 141 plsyed by Martha Argerich at the Verbier Festival availsble on video (REVIEW).

Born in Califonia in 1925 of Polish parents, Ruth Slenczynska eventually became famous in the musical world. Her teachers included Alfred Cortot, Egon Petri, Artur Schnabel, Sergei Rachmaninoff, and Josef Hofmann. Her childhood was rather unfortunate; she was forced by her domineering father to practice many hours every day. She gave her first concert at the age of five, and two years later gave her first performance with an orchestra. She enjoyed an active career, made a number of recordings and had a long association as Artist-in-Residence with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Obviously she continued her performing career, and here we these performances recorded in June 2021 in New York's Mary Flagler Carey , the DeMenna Center. These are beautiful, sensitive performances, sometimes rather cautious, but remarkable for an artist who gave her first concert almost nine decades ago. Her lovely sound has been beautifully captured by he engineers. A irrigating issue!

R.E.B. (Apru 2022)