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Thread: Best bassoon concertos

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    Default Best bassoon concertos

    Hi all,

    Just wondering about your thoughts on the best bassoon concertos. Mine would have to be:

    1. Mozart - makes such wonderful use of the bassoon, the first movement is very well developed and the second movement is beautiful. I find the third movement doesn't have as much in it but is very enjoyable all the same!
    2. Weber (concerto) - whilst I know many bassoonists 'take the mickey' out of the first movement, I think it is the second and particularly third movement where this piece really takes off. The second movement makes such good use of the range of the bassoon, before leading into the virtuosic third, which strikes a good balance between the bassoon and orchestra, really keeping the excitement alive!
    3. Weber (Andante and Hungarian Rondo) - the ultimate bassoon show piece! Great melodies, a fantastic first slow movement leading into an exceedingly fun and virtuosic second movement.
    4. Hummell concerto - certainly one of the most technically challenging out there, however I don't think it conveys the same emotion that the Mozart is able to.
    5. Vivaldi concertos - A & E minor in particular - great works! Can't say I am overly familiar with all the Vivaldi concertos though so this is a less educated ranking...
    6. Devienne bassoon quartets - I know these are not concertos but if you are looking for some interesting bassoon music, I love these! Especially the F major one.

    You will see this list is somewhat devoid from modern bassoon concertos. I'm unfortuantely not too familiar with them and so am not in a position to comment!

    What are everyone else's thoughts?

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    Gubaidulina stands out for me, ahead of Maxwell Davies and the relatively lightweight Jacob. Of the classical period pieces, I like Mozart, Weber and Hummel.
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    I really like the Maxwell Davies mentioned above and Michal Spisak´s
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqFGl...eature=related
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyG5Kp2ItbE

    Some lesser known ones include

    Papandopulo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQeAgP_o5CM

    Vicor Bruns No.1 og 3 (he had a special fondness for the instrument)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTWpG35NCr4 (edit: new you-tube, the first was wrong)

    Jolivet
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiJq8a5a2rU
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    THOMAS SLEEPER

    Concerto for bassoon

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    My favourites would be Jolivet (fiendishly difficult to play)

    Also not Concerti as such but the Francaix Divertissiment, and the Strauss Duet Concertino are both brilliant works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moosmann View Post
    My favourites would be Jolivet (fiendishly difficult to play)

    Also not Concerti as such but the Francaix Divertissiment, and the Strauss Duet Concertino are both brilliant works.
    I've been meaning to get around to the Jolivet - now I just play for fun though, it will be quite an undertaking. I also have a moosmann, if that is what your name is referencing!

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    If you would like to sample Jacob (Firefox or Chrome): my blog.
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    Mine's got to be the Hummell...

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    Default Jolivet Concerto

    I have always been fond of the Jolivet bassoon concerto as well as the ones mentioned previously. It is, however, a very demanding piece.

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    I have 2 Bassoon Concertos by J C Bach on CD, they're lovely works but sadly they dont seem to be very well known.
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