23 Jun 2018

JOLIVET: Bassoon Concerto

From Music Alive, 7:30 pm on 23 June 2018

André Jolivet’s Bassoon Concerto is a sonorous and scintillating work, which really shows off the vocal-like quality and the haunting tone of the bassoon, as well as the spikey and florid writing in which it excels.

Todd Gibson-Cornish

Todd Gibson-Cornish Photo: Christie Brewster

Todd Gibson-Cornish has found that it really pushes the limits of what a bassoon can do, and the fast fugue, which closes the work speeds up to the point where it feels out of control.

Although written in 1954, it has a baroque structure with two movements instead of three. And each movement is divided into two parts – first slow, and then fast.

There are no wind instruments in the orchestration, just the soloist plus string orchestra, harp and piano.

Recorded 6 July 2018, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington by RNZ Concert.

Producer David McCaw

Engineer: Graham Kennedy

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