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Bassoon

Catalogue Quicksearches:

Bassoon concertos on CD Quicksearch.

Books about bassons are shelved at 785.18.

Scores (in musical notation) are shelved at 781.14.

Reviewed items:

Amazon book jacket Bassoon concertos, played by Laurence Perkins, with the Manchester Camerata.
Contains: Concerto in B flat major, K. 191, by Mozart; Concertino in B flat makor, by Michael Haydn; Concerto in F major, by Stamitz; and Andante e Rondo Ungarese op. 35, & Concerto in F major op. 75, both by von Weber.

Amazon book jacket Bassoon Concertos, by Antonio Rosetti, with Albrecht Holder, on basson with the New Brandenburg Philharmonic Orchestra.
Antonio Rosetti (died 1792) is more known for his horn concertti.
The concerti on this disc are for bassoon and small orchestra, the first three being world premiere recordings. According to the custom of the time, Holder has added his own embellishments to repeated dequences. Cadenzas are written by Professor Eberhard Buschmann of Wurzburg.

Amazon book jacket Bassoon Bon-bons, played by Daniel Smith, with varied accompaniments.
Unlike the other two CDs featured here, many of these works have been arranged for bassoon (rather than original compositions). INcluded are many classical favourites such as Golliwog's cake-walk (Debussy), Vocalise (Rachmaninoff),
Winter, second movement (Four seasons, Vivaldi) and Liebesleid, (Kreisler).
The library also has a disc with Daniel Smith playing Vivaldi concerti for bassoon.

 

Clarinet

Catalogue Quicksearches:

Books about clarinets are shelved at 785.16.

Scores (in musical notation) are shelved at 781.13.

Reviewed items:

Amazon book jacket new flagClarinet concertos by Aho and Nielsen played by Martin Fröst, clarinet with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra .
"Until you've heard Martin Fröst, you really haven't heard the clarinet. This young Swedish musician becomes the clarinet. His entire body moves and breathes with the instrument - and he creates sounds the likes of which you will go a very long way to hear...It's a mark of Fröst's imagination and genius that he chose the Finnish composer Kalevi Aho to write him a clarinet concerto...a work of beguiling beauty and huge excitement." - The Times UK.

Amazon book jacket Clarinet quintets, by Mozart and Weber. Played by Eduard Brunner and the Hagen Quartett.
Contains: Quintet in A major, K. 581, by Mozart; Quintet in B major, op. 34, von Weber.

Amazon book jacket Sonatas for clarinet and piano, op. 120, by Brahms, with Gervase de Peyer, on clarinet and Gwenneth Pryor on piano.
The first performance of these sonatas with the composer at the piano was given in January 1895. Brahms enjoyed the experience so much he joined with Muhlfeld the clarinettist to make many subsequent performances in Germany and Austria, and gave him the manuscripts and all performing rights during his lifetime.

Amazon book jacket The Virtuouso clarinettist, played by Colin Bradbury and Donald Watson on clarinet and Oliver Davies on piano.
This features works from the nineteenth century - the heyday of virtuous clarinet music. At the same time developments were made to the instrument (e.g. additional keys were added). This is demanding music to play, but refreshing to listen to. Composers include Spohr, von Weber, Donizetti, Rossini and Panizza.

Amazon book jacket Clarinet Masquerade, played by the Thurston Clarinet Quartet.
This contains a variety of styles, ranging from classical to light, written specifically for clarinet ensemble.
The Thurston Clarinet Quartet have been active in Great Britain since 1985.

 

Flute

Catalogue Quicksearches:

Books about flutes are shelved at 785.12.

Scores (in musical notation) are shelved at 781.11.

Reviewed items:

Amazon book jacket The great flute concertos, Played by Jean-Pierre Rampal.
Contains sparkling concertos by Mozart, Vivaldi, Bach and Telemann.
The library has many CDs by Rampal whose recording career spanned many decades.

Amazon book jacket Rampal, Kudo and Ritter play Telemann, Kuhlau, Bach, Mozart and Doppler flute music.
Instruments like the flute and piano/harpsichord were relied on to supply background easy listening in middle class drawing rooms, and these numbers fit that bill.

Amazon book jacket Flute quintets, by Boccherini and Kraus; played by Aurele Nicolet and the Athenaeum Enesco String Quartet Paris.
While Boccherini - a most "classical" of classical composers - is known today, Kraus (1756-1792) is virtually eclipsed by the others from the period.
Kraus became Court Director to the King of Sweden and Haydn once called his C minor symphony "brilliant".

Amazon book jacket Complete flute sonatas, by Johann Sebastian Bach, played by Lisa Beznosiuk and Richard Tunnicliffe.
The flute replaced the pre-eminence of the recorder in the woodwind family during the Baroque era. Bach himself shows this transition as earlier works call solely on recorders, but by 1725 this is relatively rare (his Brandenburg concerto no. 4 is the exception that proves the rule). Lisa Beznosiuk is an early flute specialist performer.

Amazon book jacket SOMETHING DIFFERENT new flag Flute concertos by Dalbavie, Jarrell, Pintscher played by Emmanuel Pahud, flute ; Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France ; Peter Eötvös (1st work), Pascal Rophé (2nd work), Matthias Pintscher (3rd work), conductors.
Swiss-French flautist Emmanuel Pahud, named as "one of the finds of the decade" by Gramophone magazine, is one of today's most exciting and adventurous musicians. Appointed Principal Flute of the Berliner Philharmoniker aged just 22, his solo albums have sold over 400,000 copies worldwide ... and he now brings his repertoire up to date with a programme of contemporary works commissioned especially for him. (drawn from Amaxon.co.uk)

 

Oboe

Catalogue Quicksearches:

Books about oboe are shelved at 785.14.

Scores (in musical notation) are shelved at 781.12.

Reviewed items:

Amazon CD jacket Recorder and Oboe sonatas, by G.F. Handel. Played by Heloise Gaillard and Amarillis.
Gaillard plays both recorders and oboe and appears as a soloist across Europe, and is a founder member of Amarillis. She writes "If Handel's style is not always as polyphonic as that of Bach, nor always virtuosic as that of Vivaldi or Corelli, it is crammed fully and positively bubbles with musical ideas, and it delights us ..."

Amazon book jacket Music for wind ensemble and oboe concerto, op. 120, by Richard Strauss, with Heinz Holliger, on oboe and Netherlands Wind Ensemble/New Philharmonia Orchestra.
Richard Strauss wrote his four wind-ensemble works in pairs, early and late in his life. Arguably Strauss's finest concert work, the Oboe Concerto's prodigious demands are no problem for Heinz Holliger, whose astonishing breath control and rhythmic ebullience set new standards here. (Amazon)
The library has many other CDs featuring the master performer Heinz Holliger e.g. Mozart's Oboe quartets K251, 370.

Amazon book jacket new flag Albrecht Mayer in Venice performed with the New Seasons Ensemble.
Violin concerto, RV 297, "L'Inverno" (Le quattro stagioni). Largo ; Oboe concerto in C major, RV 447 / Vivaldi -- Oboe concerto in G minor / Giovanni Platti -- Oboe concerto in D minor / Alessandro Marcello -- Canzona. Se morto mi brami perché non m'uccidi / Benedetto Marcello -- Oboe d'amore concerto in A major / Antonio Lotti -- Concerto à cinq, op. 9, no. 2 / Tomaso Albinoni.
"This album documents the great flowering of oboe music in Venice in the decades either side of the year 1700 and, unlike Mayer's previous CDs it is dedicated to almost exclusively to pieces actually composed for the oboe or lower pitched oboe d'amore rather than to transcriptions of music originally written for other instruments. "--Insert, p. 10.

Amazon book jacket Baroque oboe concertos, played by Malcolm Messiter with the Guildhall String Ensemble.
Contains works by Handel, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Marcello and Bach. An Amazon customer writes that this is the best of about 5 CDs he owns, of Baroque oboe concertos with various groups.

 

Recorder

Catalogue Quicksearches:

Books about the recorder are shelved at 785.14.

Scores (in musical notation) are shelved at 781.112 (although some are with 781.11 with flute).

Reviewed items:

Amazon book jacket SOMETHING DIFFERENT new flag Jacob van Eyck : a wonder for all the ages in his flute and bell-playing played by Saskia Coolen, recorder ; Arie Abbenes, carillon.
Principally variations on English melodies from Eyck's Den fluyten lust-hof, performed alternately on recorder and then on carillon, or recorder and carillon (13th and 21st works); also includes some other selections from Den fluyten lust-hof.
"Van Eyck (ca. 1590 - 1657) was one of the most remarkable figures of Dutch musical life during the Golden Age). ...He performed his variations both on the bells and on the recorder ... many carillons of the time had a range of two octaves, as did the recorder"--Insert, p. 7,9.

Amazon CD jacket Recorder concertos, by Telemann. Played by Peter Holtslag and The Parley of Instruments.
Telemann's life more or less coincided with the rise and fall of the Baroque recorder and he was one of the most important composers for it.

Amazon book jacket Complete sonatas for recorder, by Handel, with Marion Verbruggen, Ton Koopman and Jaap Ter Linden.
Handel's wind sonatas are not really his most creative work, and it's relatively easy to interpret them in a bland fashion. Verbruggen's ornamentations are always skillful and yet carefully considered, adding spice to Handel's original music without damaging the flow of the phrasing or wrecking the ensemble. Speaking of ensemble, the continuo players also deserve kudos for sensitive and flexible support of Verbruggen's lovely playing. All in all, this is a stylish, fresh interpretation of these often over-played sonatas. (drawn from Amazon)

 

Woodwind Chamber Music

Catalogue Quicksearches:

Wind chamber music on CD Quicksearch.

Reviewed items:

Amazon CD jacket Chansons et danceries : French Renaissance Wind music. Played by Piffaro.
Played on instruments from the period, most of the music will make you feel like getting up and dancing.

Amazon book jacket Chamber music for winds and piano, by Milhaud, with Nicolet, Holliger, Brunner and Maisenberg as performers.
Born in 1892, Milhaud employed a wide range of styles ranging from impressionism to jazz. In this series of sonatas, he particularly exploits the particular characteristics of each wind instrument.

Amazon book jacket Piano and wind quintets, by Mozart and Beethoven, with Andre Previn and the Vienna Wind Solists as performers.
Contains Mozart's K. 452 (in E flat) and Beethoven's op. 16 (also in E flat).
This recording has stood the test of time - the two works often combined being in the say key and same combinations of instruments.

 

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