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Bach: Soli Deo Gloria / Andrew Balio, Bruce Bengtson

Bach: Soli Deo Gloria / Andrew Balio, Bruce Bengtson

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Virtuoso trumpeter Andrew Balio’s superlative transcriptions of music by J.S. Bach delight the listener with both new and familiar sounds. Bach affirmed that “the aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.” At the end of his compositions he wrote Soli Deo Gloria “To God alone, the glory,” emphasizing his deep faith and devotion. The trumpet sings, sighs, speaks and prays. Balio and organist Bruce Bengtson partner in this exceptional album of the enduring music of J.S. Bach. Andrew Balio is the principal trumpet of the Baltimore Symphony and the founder of the Future Symphony Institute, which has a following of nearly 5k across Facebook and Twitter. His video with the Baltimore Symphony, “From the Practice Room: Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos” has over 23,000 views.


An all-arrangements collection that opens with organist Bruce Bengston’s powerful setting of Gottfried Reiche’s `Abblasen’, the fanfare trumpeted for years by television’s CBS Sunday Morning. This two-hour program offers numerous chorale settings, plus transcriptions of three flute and two violin sonatas.

Trumpeter Andrew Belio varies things by playing different instruments (E-flat trumpet, flugelhorn, and piccolo trumpets in G, A, and B-flat). He plays forcefully much of the time, but there is also brilliance and warmth. Organist Bengston creates plenty of variety with the organ of Reyes Organ and Choral Hall, University of Notre Dame.

-- American Record Guide

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Product Description:

  • Release Date: September 04, 2020

  • UPC: 013491356020

  • Catalog Number: DE 3560

  • Label: Delos

  • Number of Discs: 2

  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

  • Performer: Andrew Balio, Bruce Bengtson