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. 

“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) 

 

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Description automatically generatedCD346: 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. 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 009414734624   BUY NOW

“a fun disc” (Fanfare)



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Muradian Contrabassoon Concerto:  Mvt 1 (Adagio;Allegro)   Mvt 2  (Adagio)   Mvt 3 (Moderato)    Draganski:  Heart's Desire    PaliderThe 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)

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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
UPC 009414734822    BUY NOW

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    OrgannRomance    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    FucikThe Bear With A Sore Head    Trad: Clarinet Polka    Trad: Tarantella napolitana


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Description automatically generatedCD349: 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. 
         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. 
UPC 009414734921  
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fascinating mosaic of sound…most enjoyable.”  (Fanfare)

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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

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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)

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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.   

"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 UPC 009414784520   BUY NOW   

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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



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Description automatically generatedCD847: 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*; David StybrContraBassooNova; 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. 
UPC 009414784728   
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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    KouklPotato polca

 

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Description automatically generatedCD848: SCOTT JOPLIN RAGS FOR THE BIG BASSOON.  Susan Nigro, Contrabassoon, plays 18 of Scott Joplin's most famous Rags.  UPC 009414784827.  BUY NOW         

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

 

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Description automatically generated with low confidenceCD980: 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 MnorAnn 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. 

 

“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)

         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.

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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     VoskThe Giant Stirred     PaliderL’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     VoskContra Blue     Aragon  Nebulae (Sonata for Contrabassoon): Mvt. 1 Fantasia: Butterfly Nebula   Mvt. 2 Chaconne: Red Square Nebula   Mvt. 3 Toccata: Flame Nebula     KurraschChicago Cakewalk

 

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