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A Bassoon in Stockholm…

Composer Franz Berwald
Édouard Du Puy
Performer Donna Agrell
Ronald Brautigam
Albert Brüggen
Lorenzo Coppola
Marc Destrube
Robert Franenberg
Yoshiko Morita
Franc Polman
Teunis van der Zwart
Catalogue Number BIS-2141 SACD
EAN 7318599921419
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Jan 2016
Total time 68'53

'Das Fagott rockt (...) Diese CD ist ein gewichtiges Statement für ein unterschätztes Instrument und die historische Aufführungspraxis. Eine wärmende Musik für kalte Winterabende.'

In the mid-1980s, Donna Agrell acquired a rare Grenser & Wiesner bassoon,&&& built in Dresden sometime around 1820. She has been using it for more than 1,500 performances since then, many of them with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, of which she has been a member since it was founded. The bassoon came in its original case, with an address label indicating that the instrument had been delivered to Stockholm. Further research into the Stockholm music scene during the early 19th century revealed that instruments from Grenser & Wiesner were popular in Sweden. One who swore by his bassoon from the company was Frans Preumayr, a musician of German origin who played in the orchestra of the Royal Opera, but also made a name for himself abroad as a bassoon virtuoso, garnering praise in London and on the continent. Such a gifted player naturally inspired composers to write for him, and these included his father-in-law, the clarinet virtuoso Berhard Henrik Crusell, the flamboyant music director at the Stockholm opera, Édouard Du Puy, and a young Franz Berwald, employed among the strings of the opera orchestra. For the present recording Donna Agrell has chosen three chamber works which were all premièred with Preumayr on the bassoon. She is joined by colleagues from the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century as well as by Ronald Brautigam – all of them playing period instruments – in Berwald's celebrated Septet in B flat major and the less well-known Quartet for piano and winds, and in Du Puy's Quintet for bassoon and strings.
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  Franz Berwald
  Septet in B flat major (1817/28) 23'12
01 I. Introduzione. Adagio - Allegro molto 8'12
02 II. Poco adagio - Prestissimo - Adagio 8'40
03 III. Finale. Allegro con spirito 6'20
  Édouard Du Puy
  Quintet in A minor 20'59
04 I. Allegro moderato 7'45
05 II. Andante sostenuto 5'08
06 III. Rondo. Allegro 8'06
  Franz Berwald
  Quartet in E flat major (1819) 23'40
07 I. Introduzione. Adagio - Allegro ma non troppo 11'17
08 II. Adagio 3'13
09 III. Finale. Allegro 9'10
  Album total 68'53
ComposerBerwald, Franz
Du Puy, Édouard
BassoonAgrell, Donna
ClarinetCoppola, Lorenzo
HornZwart, Teunis van der
ViolinDestrube, Marc
Polman, Franc
ViolaMorita, Yoshiko
CelloBrüggen, Albert
Double bassFranenberg, Robert
FortepianoBrautigam, Ronald

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