CRYSTAL RECORDS - SUSAN NIGRO, CONTRABASSOON
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Susan Nigro is a true contrabassoon crusader.
One of the world's very few soloists on this instrument, her numerous recitals
and solo appearances have occurred in such places as Salzburg, Montevideo,
Rome, and throughout the United States. Her solo performances are frequently
accompanied by master classes, lecture-demonstrations, or workshops designed by
her to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the contrabassoon's unique
sound and surprising versatility.
Nigro's quest for contrabassoon solo literature has led her to commission and premiere over 50 new compositions. She has 8 solo CDs on Crystal. All have been received with great acclaim.
A long-time regular substitute with the Chicago Symphony, she was a full-time “permanent substitute” with that orchestra for five seasons.
Nigro received bachelor's and master's degrees from Northwestern University and an additional graduate degree from Roosevelt University. Her teachers were Burl Lane, Ferdinand Del Negro, Willard Elliot, Leonard Sharrow, Sherman Walt, and Wilbur Simpson. In 2022 she was named an honorary member of the International Double Reed Society.
“Nigro is a veritable Paganini of the contrabassoon…she can make her instrument sing and articulate like a nightingale.” (Fanfare)
“Susan Nigro is the world’s best exponent of the contrabassoon and tames the beast, having it sing and swoon.” (American Record Guide)
CD346: THE BIG BASSOON, Susan Nigro, Contrabassoon. Vazen Muradian: Contrabassoon Concerto; Donald Draganski: Heart's Desire; Alan Palider: The Narwhal; Ralph NIcholson: Miniature Suite; Frank Warren: Music for Contrabassoon and PIano; Matt Doran: Four Movements. UPC 009414734624 BUY NOW
With Mark Lindeblad, piano.
"Nigro is a veritable Paganini of the contrabassoon. A
fun disc!" Fanfare.
(This will test the bass of your system.)
“a fun disc” (Fanfare)
CD348: LITTLE TUNES FOR THE BIG BASSOON. Susan Nigro, Contrabassoon and Mark Lindeblad, Piano. Debussy: Jimbo's Lullaby; Cherubini: Morceau pour le Basson; Desmond: Take Five; Hagen: Harlem Nocturne; Mancini: Pink Panther; Tartini: Suite: Gemiani: Allegro; Bozza: Burlesque; Gipps: Honey-Coloured Cow, The Ox and the Ass, Leviathon; Phillips: Concert Piece; Laudenslager: Little Suite; Organn: Romance; Davis: Variations on Robert Schumann; del Negro: Down in the Deep Cellar; Fucik: Der Alte Brummbar; Traditional: Clarinet Polka, Tarantella Napoletano.
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“the instrument sings like a basso profundo.” (Fanfare)
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Cherubini: Morceau Pour le Bassooon Tartini Suite: Mvt 1 (Moderato) Mvt 2 (Andante) Mvt 3 (Allegro) Gemiani: Allegro (Concerti 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: THE 2 CONTRAS. Burl Lane and Susan Nigro, Contrabassoons; William Eddins, Piano. 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 contrabassoons; Michael Curtis: The Impish Imp for two contrabassoons. UPC 009414734921 BUY NOW
“fascinating mosaic of sound…most enjoyable.” (Fanfare)
This is the world's first two-contrabassoon CD. Susan Nigro's other CDs on Crystal Records 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
CD843: NEW TUNES FOR THE BIG BASSOON. Susan Nigro, contrabassoon. Barton Cummings: Concertino for Contrabassoon and Arioso; Timothy Grassel: Reminiscences; P. Kellach Waddle: Broken Icicle Twilight & Severe Thunderstorm Warning; Edward McKenna: Bagatelle; Ann Marie Kurrasch: Ponderings from the Pond; Graham Powning: Sonata. Sue Nigro with Mark Lindeblad, piano. UPC 009414784322 BUY NOW
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Concertino: Mvt 1 (Caprice) Mvt 2 (Pavilion Dreams) Mvt 3 (Variations) Reminiscences: Mvt 1 (Andantino) Mvt 2 (Piacevole) Waddle: Broken Icicle Twilight Cummings: Arioso McKenna: Bagatelle Kurrasch: Ponderings from the Pond Waddle: Severe Thunderstorm Warning Powning: Sonata Mvt 1 (The Stranded Whale) Mvt 2 (The Rescue by Humans) Mvt 3 (Free Again in the Ocean)
CD845: BELLISSIMA. Susan Nigro, Contrabassoon & Mark Lindeblad, piano. Rossini: Cavatina from La Gazza Ladra, Introduction, Theme and Variations from Quartet #6, Allegro - Albinoni, Adagio in G Minor; Vivaldi: Sonata No. 3 in A Minor; Besozzi: Sonata in Bb major; Nussio: Divertimento; Procaccini: Moments. UPC 009414784520 BUY NOW
"Susan Nigro is the world's best exponent of the contrabassoon and tames the beast, having it sing and swoon." American Record Guide. One of the world's very few soloists on this instrument, her numerous recitals and solo appearances have occurred in such places as Salzburg, Montevideo, Rome, and throughout the United States. She has been called "a veritable Paganini of the contrabassoon." Fanfare
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Besozzi: Sonata in B flat major Allegro Adagio Presto Rossini: La Gazza Ladra: Cavatina Moderato Allegro grazioso Procaccini: Moments Albinoni: Adagio in g minor Rossini: Allegro Nussio: Divertimento Intrada Minuetto Pantomima Nenia Corteggio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 3 in a minor Largo Allegro Largo Allegro Rossini: Introduction, Theme & Variations Introduction Theme Variation I Variation II Variation III Variation IV Finale
CD847: ORIGINAL TUNES FOR THE BIG BASSOON. Susan Nigro, Contrabassoon. Ann Marie Kurrasch: A Day at the Park; Frank Proto: Little Suite for the Big Bassoon*; Elaine Fine: More Greek Myths & Harlequin Sonata; Joel Bjorling: Night Shadows* & Dreamscapes* UPC 009414784728 BUY NOW
David Stybr: ContraBassooNova;
Giorgio Koukl: Potato Polca.
*The works by Proto and Bjorling are for
Unaccompanied Contrabassoon. On the other works, Susan Nigro is joined by
Mark Lindeblad, piano.
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Kurrasch: A Day at the Park I. Hooray! We're Here! II. Soliloquy on the Clouds III. Catching Butterflies Proto: Little Suite for the Big Bassoon I. Adagio - Quasi Cadenza II. Allegro III. Slow, funky blues IV. Tempo di Mambo Fine: More Greek Myths I. Apollo II. Artemis III. The Labors of Heracles IV. Aphrodite V. Dionysus Bjorling: Night Shadows I. Prelude II. Phantasm III. Mystery Caper Stybr: ContraBassooNova "Um Imaginao do Brasil" Fine: Harlequin Sonata I. Moderato II. Tempo di Siciliano III. Allegro Bjorling: Dreamscapes I. Dreamtime II. Etude III. Jazz Walk Koukl: Potato polca
An extraordinary recording of an extraordinary American composer. Scott Joplin's Rags are well-known to listeners, having been used in many movie scores (such as "The Sting") and having been a mainstay in popular concerts for more than a century. This CD features 18 Rags, including his most-popular Maple Leaf Rag and The Entertainer. They are played by Susan Nigro, probably the world's foremost solo contrabassoonist. Pianist is Mark Lindeblad. The Rags are amazingly effective in these renditions.
“a taste of humor…a barrel of enjoyment” (American Record Guide)
Included in this collection are Maple Leaf Rag, Original Rag, The Easy Winners, Cleopha, The Strenuous Life, Elite Syncopations, The Favorite, The Sycamore, The Chrysanthemum, The Cascades, Bethena, Rag-Time Dance, Fig Leaf Rag, Solace, Plesant Moments, New Rag, Magnetic Rag, and The Entertainer.
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Maple Leaf Rag Original Rags The Easy Winners, A Ragtime Two Step Cleopha, March and Two Step The Strenuous Life, A Ragtime Two Step Elite Syncopations The Favorite, A Ragtime Two Step The Sycamore, A Concert Rag The Chrysanthemum, An Afro-American Intermezzo The Cascades, A Rag Bethena, A Concert Waltz Rag-Time Dance, A Stop-Time Two Step Fig Leaf Rag, A High Class Rag Solace, A Mexican Serenade Pleasant Moments, Ragtime Waltz New Rag Magnetic Rag The Entertainer, A Rag Time Two Step
CD980: COOL TUNES FOR THE BIG BASSOON. Susan Nigro, Contrabassoon. Mark Lindeblad, Piano. UPC009414798022 BUY NOW
Jared Isaac Aragón, Little Suite for the Big Bassoon and Nebulae (Sonata for Contrabassoon and Piano); Jay Vosk, The Giant Stirred and Contra Blue; Alan Palider, L’Italiano Molto Breve; Joel Bjorling, Suite in A Mnor; Ann Marie Kurrasch, Chicago Cakewalk.
Susan Nigro is one of the world’s very few contrabassoonists to have made a career of playing recitals, doing solo appearances, and making recordings. She has performed in places such as Salzburg, Montevideo, Rome, and throughout the United States, and also frequently presents master classes. She performs frequently with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Her quest for solo literature has inspired her to commission and premier more than fifty pieces for the contrabassoon – with more compositions still in the works. All of the works on this CD were commissioned by, written for, and premiered by Susan Nigro. This CD was recorded n 2021.
“Susan Nigro is more than a terrific contrabassoonist. She is a superb musician who happens to play the contrabassoon. Because of her serious musicianship married to a virtually flawless technique, Nigro has made a bigger solo career with that instrument than anyone might have thought possible…The music displays a sense of fun, but also a beautiful lyricism that might surprise you.” Fanfare, May/June 2022 (Henry Fogel)
“The works showcase Nigro’s beautiful singing tone, impressive breath control, facility in bravura passages, and her celebration…of the instrument’s sepulchral low register. A most enriching and uplifting musical experience. Five Stars:Susan Nigro’s tour de force of music for contrabassoon.” Fanfare, May/June 2022 (Ken Meltzer)
“Five Stars: a real eyeopener…Nigro is a real ambassador for the contrabassoon. Give it a try; you won’t regret it.” Fanfare, May/June 2022 (Colin Clarke)
“Susan Nigro has been a shining light in bringing the 'big bassoon' to the attention of the music world for many years, having commissioned and premiered more than 50 pieces of music for the instrument. She has carved out an extraordinary career as a contrabassoonist - playing recitals, making solo appearances, undertaking recording projects, presenting master classes, publishing books and orchestral work with ensembles including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra…I particularly enjoyed the melodic shapes and colour of Joel Bjorling's Suite in A Minor and found the two Hydesville movements quite evocative with their rhythmic free form…The final piece, Ann Marie Kurrasch's Chicago Cakewalk was a delightful lightening of mood without cheapening the contra and I thorougly enjoyed the variation in style and the charming character with which it was infused.” Australian Double Reed Society “Reeding Matter Journal”, July 2022, Josie Hawkes
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Aragon Little Suite for Big Bassoon: Mvt.1 Scherzo Mvt. 2 Berceuse Mvt. 3 Folk Dance Mvt. 4 Aria Mvt. 5 Finale Vosk: The Giant Stirred Palider: L’Italiano Molto Breve Bjorling Suite in A Minor: Mvt. 1 Hydesville 1848/Mr. Splitfoot Mvt. 2 Hydesville 1848/Sisters Margaretta & Catherine Mvt. 3 Classical Funk Vosk: Contra Blue Aragon Nebulae (Sonata for Contrabassoon): Mvt. 1 Fantasia: Butterfly Nebula Mvt. 2 Chaconne: Red Square Nebula Mvt. 3 Toccata: Flame Nebula Kurrasch: Chicago Cakewalk
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