A Wonderful Collection Of Bassoon Pieces

A wonderful collection of bassoon pieces is Laurence Perkins’s The Playful Pachyderm.  This is my favorite bassoon recital CD put out by Hyperion.  Stirring interpretations of folk melodies are mixed with classic bassoon pieces such as Elgar’s Romance, Godfrey’s Lucy Long, and Fucik’s The Old Grumbler.  All throughout Perkins is more than equal to the selections, and plays crisply, displaying excellent tone and technique.  The Mist-covered Mountains, a Scottish folk melody, which adds a clarsach, is truly an exciting piece.  The CD ends with comic baritone Richard Suart adding a dose of humor and laughter.

About Robert M. Weiss
From an early age, I've taken great pleasure in reading. Also, I learned to play my 78 player when I was quite young, and enjoyed listening to musicals and classical music. I remember sitting on the floor, and following the text and pictures of record readers, which were popular in the 1940s and 50s. My favorites were the Bozo and Disney albums. I also enjoyed watching the slow spinning of 16s as they spun out tales of adventure. I have always been attracted by rivers, and I love to sit on a boulder with my feet in the water, gazing into the mysteries of swirling currents. I especially like inner tubing on the Rogue River in Southern Oregon. Since my early youth, I've been interested in collecting minerals, which have taught me about the wonderful possibilities in colors and forms. Sometimes I try to imagine what the ancient Greeks must have felt when they began to discover physical laws in nature. I also remember that I had a special passion for numbers, and used to construct them out of stones. After teaching Russian for several years, I became a writer, interviewer, editor, and translator. I continue to delight in form, and am a problem solver at heart.

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