American Composers. Leonarda LE331 (CD). This includes Donald Erb:
Concerto for Contrabassoon and Orchestra played by Greg Heneggar
conducted by Harold Farberman. The piece is modern and technically
but Heneggar is a virtuoso. Some impressive writing and playing. The
is generally clearly heard except in 1 or 2 loud passages.
| Donald Erb: Chamber
Music. - Albany records
Troy 092 (CD). This includes 5 Red Hot Duets for 2 Contrabassoons,
written specifically for and played by Greg Heneggar and Bradford
Buckley. These are red hot stuff and highly recommended. Virtuoso
writing and playing. Modern with no extended techniques (except for
very high register); these are exciting pieces.
: "The Big Bassoon" (Crystal Records CD346). Mark
Lindeblad, piano. Includes: Vazgan Muradian: Contrabassoon Concerto;
Donald Draganski: Heart's Desire; Alan Palider: The Narwhal;
Ralph Nicholson: Miniature Suite; Frank Warren: Music for
Piano; Matt Doran: Four Movements. This is fantastic
contrabassoon playing. Not excessively virtuoso although Ms. Nigro has
technique to spare. The most striking thing is the wonderful warm full
tone she gets out of the
instrument in all pitch ranges - quite an achievement in itself. The
is also beautifully and musically phrased almost like a string
The pieces get the most out of the instrument too.
, "Little Tunes for the Big Bassoon" (1997 Crystal Records,
CD348). Another wonderful contrabassoon CD. Includes
Morceau pour le Basson (Luigi Cherubini), Suite from Variation for
Violin on Themes of Tartini (Corelli),
Allegro from Concerto Grosso Op 3, No. 2 (Geminiani), Jimbo's Lullaby
Burlesque pour Basson et Piano (Bozza), Honey-Coloured Cow (Gipps),
(Gipps), The Ox and the Ass, Introduction and Carol (Gipps), Concert
for Bassoon and Strings (Phillips), Little Suite, op. 23
Romance (Organn), Take Five (Paul Desmond), Harlem Nocturne (Earle
The Pink Panther (Mancini), Variations on a theme of Rober Schumann
Down in the Deep Cellar (Del Negro), Der Alte Brummbar, Polka comique
Clarinet Polka (traditional), and Tarantella Napoletano (traditional).
|Susan Nigro & Burl
Lane, "The 2 Contras" (1999 Crystal Records, CD349). Third
in a great series, this CD is all works performed on 2 contrabassoons,
with or without piano. The tracks are "Sonatina d'Amore" for two
(Daniel Dorff); "Sonata No. 1 for Two bassoons" (Etienne Ozi) (but
on two contras); "From the Deep" (Arthur Weisberg) for two
and piano (commissioned by Burl Lane); "Sonata for Bassoon & Cello"
(but played on two contras); "Concerto in F Major" (Johann B. Vanhal)
for bassoon & orchestra, here played on two contras & piano);
Impish Imp" (Michael Curtis) (written for two bassoons, here taken down
octave). Everything works amazingly well.
, "The Bass Nightingale" (2001, GM Recordings, GM2069CD).
Once again, Susan Nigro demonstrates that the contrabassoon is capable
of virtuoso literature. This disc contains "Bass Nightingale" by
Ervin Schulhoff (also known as Bass Nachtigall), the bassoon work
"Concert Piece" by Burrill Phillips, Gunther Schuller's "Concerto for
Contrabassoon" (here accompanied by a four-hand piano reduction by the
composer), and the bassoon classic "Concerto
in F Major" by Carl Phillip Stamitz. This is a great disc, even
you aren't a contrabassoon fanatic :-)
|Arthur Grossman plays solo
for the bassoon and contrabassoon. Crystal Records S342 (LP
cassette - should be reissued on CD, but isn't). This includes Irwin
Schulhof: Bass Nachtigall for unaccompanied Contrabassoon A
piece for the contra (the 1st in fact and dating from the 30s?)
a satiric prologue not recorded here and is a suite like the Bach Cello
even to the extent of including a Prelude & Fugue! A good piece
|Music of Stefan Wolpe &
Schulhof played by Ensemble Aventure. - Ars Musici AM 1071-2 (CD).
includes Bass Nachtigall with its satirical prologue, the
played by Reiner Kugele.
Schulhoff; Chamber Works Vol. 5. Supraphon
Records 11 2170-2 131 (1995). This disc includes "Concertino for Flute
Viola and Double Bass", "Divertissement for Oboe, Clarinet and
"Bassnachtigall: Drei Vortragsstücke für
(Lubos Fait, contrabassoon), "Symphonia germainca", and "Sonata erotica
Solo-Müttertrompete." Another good recording of Bassnachtigall.
liner notes include Schulhoff's "confession":
, Contrafagot (cassette) Colección
Compositores e Intérpretes Argentinos Benedetto Marcello -
en mi menor Antonio Vivaldi. Sonata en la menor Georg Ph.
- Sonata en sol menor René Duclos - Quadrille Luis
- "Dionisos" ("El Fondo de las Cosas") para contrafagot, coro
y percusión. Panorama de la Música
(CD) (1916-1922) Silvano Picchi -"Invierno en el
para contrafagot solo. Monica Fucci, contrafagot Fondo Nacional de las
, "Bassoon Recital" (1999, ARTBSN Recordings, ARTBSN97).
This CD contains mainly works for bassoon and piano, but ends with
"Down In The
Deep Cellar" (Ferdinand Del Negro) for contrabassoon & piano, and
(Graham Powning) for two contrabassoons (including Michael Jolivet on
other contra). All of the bassoons and contras used on the CD
made by Wolf, and are listed by serial number, type of wood (except for
contras), and bocal type for each selection. Good clear timbres:
well-done CD. The CD is available by mail directly from
, who is the US contact for Wolf bassoons and contrabassoons.
|Hoffnung's "Music Festivals
" (1989, EMI 7 63302 2) contains a recording of "Variations on Annie
" by Gordon Jacob, scored for two piccolos,
, two contrabass
, two contrabassoons,
, contrabass serpent, harmonium, hurdy-gurdy, and subcontrabass
tuba. Written and arranged on a dare...
|"Duets" by Susan Allen and Vinny
(1998?, 9winds NWCD0204). VG plays piccolo, flute, alto &
flute, strich, Bb and bass clarinet, soprano sax, and contrabassoon,
SA plays harp. The entire disc is a set of (improvised?)
between harp and one or another wind. Interesting, creative,
I especially liked the contrabassoon tracks ;-)
|"Music by Paul Hindemith"
(2001, Centaur Records, CRC2566) includes the Trio
for Heckelphone, Viola and Piano Op. 47, Art Grossman
(also bassoon and contrabassoon) . This CD also includes the
Sonatas for Oboe & Piano, English Horn & Piano, Bassoon &
and Contrabassoon & Piano. Recommended!
More to the point, this is the premiere recording of the Sonata
Contrabassoon and Piano, which was created by David
Texas at Austin) from two other Hindemith works (Reihe kleiner Stucke,
37 no. 2, and "The Moon" from the "Nine English Songs") to fill in the
Worth seeking out.
|Adam Gilberti's "Genesis Concert" CD includes contrabassoon, on "Reflections of Honor", "Celestial Equinox", "Seismic Disturbances" (in which there are obvious solos), and "Violin Concerto". Other instruments featured on the CD (actually a 2 CD set) include contrabass flute, contrabass and contra-alto clarinet, bass sax, serpent, contrabass sax, and Bb subcontrabass tubax. See http://www.genesisconcert.com to order the CD.|
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