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CD341-scan-for-iTunesCD341: A Harvest of 20th-Century Bassoon Music.  LEONARD SHARROW & JOSEH POLISI, BASSOONS.  UPC009414734129.   BUY NOW

Leonard Sharrow plays Ray Luke, Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra; and Dan Welcher, Concerto Da Camera for Bassoon and Orchestra; with the Crystal Chamber Orchestra, Ernest Gold, conductor. Joseph Polisi plays Villa-Lobos, Ciranda das Sete Notas; William Matthews, Sumer is Icumen in – Lhude Sing; Marcel Bitsch, Concertino; and David Noon, Motets and Monodies.

Leonard Sharrow was one of the world’s best-known bassoonists, having been principal bassoon with the NBC Symphony under Arturo Toscanini and the Chicago Symphony under Fritz Reiner.  Joseph Polisi was President of The Juilliard School and has performed extensively in the United States as bassoon soloist and chamber musician.

Other musicians on this CD are Ronald Roseman, Oboe; John Snow, English horn; Thomas Schmidt, Piano; and the 44 instrumentalists in the Crystal Chamber Orchestra plus conductor Ernest Gold.

Sound samples (mp3 files) Click on the link to hear up to 35 seconds of the movement shown._(r)(to return to this page after listening to samples, please use your browser back button). Luke: Concerto  Adagio-allegro   Andante   Allegro con brio     Welcher: Concerto Da Camera   Moderato   Scherzo   Calmo     Villa-Lobos  Ciranda das Sete Notas     Matthews  Sumer is Icumen in     Bitsch  Concertino     Noon  Motets and Monodies

 

CD345: BACH AND BASSOON. Arthur Weisberg, Bassoon. Partita for flute in a minor, BWV 1013; Partita No. 2 for violin in d minor, BWV 1004; CD345 scan EpsonSuite No. 2 for violoncello in d minor, BWV 1008; Suite No. 3 for violoncello in C Major, BWV1009.  All performed by unaccompanied bassoon. UPC 00941473452-5 BUY NOW

 

Arthur Weisberg is one of the world’s best-known bassoonists. Formerly principal with the Symphony of the Air, the Houston and Baltimore Symphonies, and a member of the Cleveland Orchestra and the New York Woodwind Quintet, he founded and conducted the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble and the Orchestra of the 20th Century. 

 

"There are simply no finer bassoon sounds on record. Incredible technique, lyrical, marvelously shaped tones, and unwavering interpretive powers mark this release as fundamental for bassoonophiles and Bachians alike." _ American Record Guide    

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Partita for flute:
  Mvt 1 (Allemande)   Mvt 2 (Courante)   Mvt 3 (Sarabande)   Mvt 4 (Bouree Anglaise)     Partita No. 2 for violin: Mvt 1 (Allemande)  Mvt 2 (Courante)  Mvt 3 (Sarabande)  Mvt 4 (Gigue)    Suite No. 2 for Cello  Mvt 1 (Prelude)  Mvt 2 (Allemande)  Mvt 3 (Courante)  Mvt 4 (Sarabande)  Mvt 5 (Menuet I & II)  Mvt 6 (Gigue)    Suite No. 3 for Cello  Mvt 1 (Prelude)  Mvt 2 (Allemande)  Mvt 3 (Courante)  Mvt 4 (Sarabande)  Mvt 5 (Bourree I & II)  Mvt 6 (Gigue)

 

CD346 scan EpsonCD346: THE BIG BASSOON: Susan Nigro, Contrabassoon. Vazgen Muradian, Contrabassoon Concerto; Donald Draganski, Heart's Desire; Alan Palider, The Narwhal; Ralph Nicholson, Miniature Suite; Frank Warren, Music for Contrabassoon & Piano; Matt Doran, Four Movements

.  with Mark Lindeblad, piano.  "Nigro is a veritable Paganini of the contrabassoon. A fun disc!", Fanfare. This will test the bass of your system.  UPC 00941473462-4    BUY NOW    Click here for CD346 cover photo and details.

 

“Nigro is a veritable Paganini of the contrabassoon…she can make her instrument sing and articulate like a nightingale.” Fanfare.

 

Sound samples (uses RealPlayer) Click on the link to hear approximately one minute of the movement shown. Muradian Contrabassoon Concerto:  Mvt 1 (Adagio;Allegro)   Mvt 2  (Adagio)   Mvt 3 (Moderato)    Draganski:  Heart's Desire    Palider: The Narwhal    Nicholson: Miniature Suite  Mvt 1(Prelude)  Mvt 2(Poco adagio)  Mvt 3(Waltz)  Mvt 4(Finale)    Warren: Music for Contrabassoon    Doran: Four Movements  Mvt 1(Largo)  Mvt 2(Theme & Variations)  Mvt 3(Andante)  Mvt 4(Allegro)

CD347-scan-for-iTunesCD347: DAVID DE BOLT, BASSOON.  Bernhard Heiden, Serenade for Bassoon, Violin, Viola, & Cello; Willson Osborne, Rhapsody; Alvin Etler, Sonata; Marcel Farago, Variations; Bernard Garfield, Poeme. with Jerry Davidson, piano; Stephanie Sant’Ambrogio, violin; Katharine DeBolt, viola; Richard Aaron, cello.   DeBolt is former principal Kansas City Philharmonic, Birmingham and Tulsa Symphonies, and the Santa Fe Opera.  Some of the best bassoon solo music of this century.  UPC 00941473472-3 BUY NOW     Click here for cover photo and details

 

CD347 Sound samples (mp3 files) Click on the link to hear up to 35 seconds of the movement shown._(r)(to return to this page after listening to samples, please use your browser back button) CD347 Sound samples (mp3 files) Click on the link to hear up to 35 seconds of the movement shown.(to return to this page after listening to samples, please use your browser back button)

Heiden Serenade:  Mvt 1 (Notturno)   Mvt 2 (March)   Mvt 3 (Intermezzo)   Mvt 4 (Scherzo)   Mvt 5 (Epilogue)    Osborne: Rhapsody    Etler: Sonata  Mvt 1(Moderately slow)   Mvt 2(Fast)   Mvt 3(Slow)   Mvt 4(Fast)    Farago: Variations    Garfield: Poéme

 

 

 

CD348-scan-for-iTunesCD348: LITTLE TUNES FOR THE BIG BASSOON. Susan Nigro, contrabassoon; Mark Lindeblad, piano.

 

 Jimbo's Lullaby (Debussy), Morceau pour le Basson (Cherubini), Take Five (Desmond), Harlem Nocturne (Hagen), Pink Panther (Mancini), Suite (Tartini), Allegro (Gemiani), Burlesque (Bozza), Honey-Coloured Cow (Ruth Gipps), The Ox and theAss (Gipps), Leviathon (Gipps), Concert Piece (Phillips), Little Suite (Laudenslager), Romance (Organn), Variations on Robt.Schumann (Davis), Down in the Deep Cellar (del Negro), Der Alte Brummbar (Fucik), Clarinet Polka (traditional), Tarantella Napoletano (traditional).      UPC 00941473482-2  (For more information about Susan Nigro and for a sound clip of this CD, click here.)    Click here for CD348 cover photo and details BUY NOW

 

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Cherubini:  Morceau Pour le Bassoon   Tartini Suite:  Mvt 1 (Moderato)   Mvt 2 (Andante)   Mvt 3 (Allegro)     Gemiani:  Allegro (oncerti Grossi No 2)    Debussy: Children's Corner  Jimbo's Lullaby    Bozza: Burlesque    Gipps: Honey Coloured Cow    Leviathan    The Ox and the Ass Introduction and Carol    Phillips: Concert Piece    Laudenslager: Little Suite  Slow Dance   Quick March    Organn: Romance    Desmond: Take Five    Hagen: Harlem Nocturne    Mancini: The Pink Panther    Davis: Variations (on a Theme of Robert Schumann)    del Negro:  Down in the Deep Cellar    Fucik: The Bear With A Sore Head    Trad: Clarinet Polka    Trad: Tarantella napolitana

 

 

CD349-scan-for-iTunesCD349: THE 2 CONTRAS.  Burl Lane and Susan Nigro Contrabassoons. Mozart, Sonata for Bassoon & Cello, performed on two contrabassoons; Vanhal, Concerto in F Major for two contrabassoons; Arthur Weisberg, From the Deep (for two contrabassoons); Daniel Dorff, Sonatina d’Amore (for two contrabassoons); Etienne Ozi, Sonata No. 1 for two bassoons (performed on two contrabassoons); Michael Curtis, The Impish Imp for two contrabassoons.  UPC 009414734921  (For more information about Susan Nigro and for a sound clip of this CD, click here.)   BUY NOW     Click here for CD349 cover photo and details

This is the world’s first two-contrabassoon CD.
  Susan Nigro’s last two CDs on Crystal were the first contrabassoon solo CDs and have been hugely successful.  Burl Lane is the contrabassoonist with the Chicago Symphony. William Eddins is Resident Conductor of the Chicago Symphony. This is an extraordinary CD  which customers will be interested in for  musical values as well as to test the low end fidelity of their speaker systems.

 

 

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Dorff: Sonatina d'Amore  Mvt 1 (Allegro cantabile)   Mvt 2 (Allegro)   Mvt 3 (Molto allegro)    Ozi: Sonata No. 1  Mvt 1 (Allegro)   Mvt 2 (Andantino)   Mvt 3 (Polonaise)    Weisberg: From the Deep   Mozart: Sonata for bassoon & cello  Mvt 1 (Allegro)   Mvt 2 (Andante)   Mvt 3 (Rondo)    Vanhal: Concerto for 2 bassoons  Mvt 1 (Allegro moderato)   Mvt 2 (Andante grazioso)   Mvt 3 (Allegro)    Curtis: The Impish Imp

 

CD354-scan-for-iTunesCD354: WEISS FAMILY WOODWINDS, Then and Now.  Dawn Weiss, Flute; David Weiss, Oboe; Abraham Weiss, Bassoon. with Zita Carno, Piano.    UPC 009414735423.   BUY NOW

 Vivaldi, Sonata in G Minor (flute, oboe, bassoon, harpsichord); Messiaen, Le Merle Noir (flute, piano); Bourdeau, Premier Solo (bassoon, piano); Hindemith, Sonata (oboe, piano); Tomas Svoboda, Trio (flute, oboe, bassoon); Worthey, Sandcastles (flute, oboe, bassoon).

Dawn Weiss was principal flute 25 years Oregon Symphony; David Weiss was principal oboe 30 years Los Angeles Philharmonic; Abraham Weiss is principal bassoon Rochester Philharmonic (40 years).  The Svoboda and Worthey pieces were recorded live at their world premieres on April 3, 2010 at the University of Southern California. The other pieces were originally on Crystal Records LP S354, released in 1978, and digitally remastered for this CD in 2010

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Vivaldi: Sonata in G Minor  Allegro ma cantabile   Largo   Allegro molto    Messiaen: La Merle Noir    Bourdeau: Premier Solo    Hindemith: Sonata  Munter   Sehr Langsam; Lebhaft    Svoboda: Trio  Andante   Vivace   Lento   Vivace   Andante maestoso    Worthey: Sandcastles    (to return to this page after listening to samples, please use your browser back button)

 

 

CD358-scan-for-iTunesCD358: PAS DE TROIS.  Kenneth Tse, Saxophone, Benjamin Coelho, Bassoon, Alan Huckleberry, Piano.  Bernard Van Beurden: Pas de trois; Jindrich Feld: Trio Giocoso; David Froom: Arirang Variations; Perry Goldstein: Noir; Don Freund: Louder than Words
UPC 00941473582-9 
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"While the instrumentation of this trio may seem unusual, the timbres blend beautifully and create interesting counterpoint throughout this wonderful recording.  The varied and substantial repertoire is well-chosen and includes 20th century pieces written for this instrumentation as well as adaptations of trios with other instrumentations." (The Instrumentalist)

Saxophone, Bassoon, and Piano is an unusual combination that creates an exciting and vibrant sound.  The works on this CD represent some of the finest writing for this combination, and the performers are three of the best practitioners of their art.  They are on the faculty at the University of Iowa and perform internationally.
 

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Van Beurden: Pas de trois: 
Ouverture   Pastorale   Tarantella   Feld: Trio Giocoso:  Allegro   Andante   Allegro vivo    Froom:  Arirang Variations    Goldstein:  Noir    Freund:  Louder than Words: