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.