- Audio CD (Dec 4 2001)
- SPARS Code: DDD
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: White Line
- ASIN: B00005QITV
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #199,953 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Fogg: Concerto in D: Allegro vivace|
|2. Fogg: Concerto in D: Grave e molto sostenuto|
|3. Fogg: Concerto in D: Con spirito|
|4. Addison: Concertino: Andante-Allegretto|
|5. Addison: Concertino: Andante-Moderato|
|6. Addison: Concertino: Larghetto|
|7. Addison: Concertino: Moderato|
|8. Hope: Concertino: Moderato|
|9. Hope: Concertino: Quasi blues|
|10. Hope: Concertino: Giocoso|
|11. Butterworth: Summer Music, Op. 77: Allegretto, pastorale|
|12. Butterworth: Summer Music, Op. 77: Nocturne (Lento)|
|13. Butterworth: Summer Music, Op. 77: Vivace-quasi presto|
That all said, this disc makes a good case for a reappraisal of the bassoon's solo possibilities, particularly given the colorful and soulful playing of Graham Savage. Not everything here is profound, but all four concerti are quality music.
Pride of place goes to Eric Fogg's D Major concerto of 1931. This is incredibly beautiful which digs a lot deeper than one would expect. Fogg eschews the idea of the basson as either a grumpy curmudgeon or a silly clown. Instead, he lets the instrument sing, particularly in the lamenting slow movement. This is a piece all bassoonists should know.
The second best piece here is Peter Hope's Concertino, written in 2000. It opens mysteriously with a melody very reminiscent of the score from "Lord of the Rings." In fact, this piece is redolent in memorable themes, from the bluesy slow movement to the bouncy finale. Hope keeps threatening to veer into Holywood kitsch or popular music, but he never quite slips into banality. Instead, he produces a piece that is a lot of fun.
The Addison and Butterworth pieces are somewhat less engaging but are certainly listenable and pleasant. In fact, there isn't a single harsh sound on this disk even though everything is clearly of the 20th century.
Also missing is much of the Vaughan Williams pastorale school that one might expect to find in this type of music.Read more ›