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The Art of the Bassoon

The Art of the Bassoon

Robert Thompson
Various Orchestras
The Art of the Bassoon

HTGCD402 – 5060332661336
4 CDs

Robert Thompson has been at the forefront of solo bassoon playing for almost 50 years. Gathered here, in a 4 CD set, are recordings of concerto and chamber works which mark important stages in the development of the bassoon. Familiar repertoire by Vivaldi and Mozart is coupled with more esoteric compositions by Jacob, Downey and Jurriaan Andriessen. The Bax Threnody and Scherzo receives its first recording with full string accompaniment.
This 4 CD set supplements Thompson’s recent highly- praised performance of Panufnik’s Bassoon Concerto, also on Heritage (HTGCD 266), while making a significant addition to the recorded catalogue of major works written for this often underrated instrument.
The recordings appear by kind permission of Chandos and CRD.

‘as a testament to Thompson’s art the set is a fine document.’
– Musical Opinion, November 2015

‘What a bargain! I will be recommending this CD to all my students and colleagues. There is plenty here for all bassoonists and music lovers. ’
– Miles Nipper, Double Reed News, November 2015

‘A set of records… that will prove positively inspirational. Robert Thompson’s artistry is rare indeed… one cannot imagine a finer set of discs to demonstrate the unique qualities of this extraordinarily expressive instrument… A truly important release, very strongly recommended.’
– Jonathan Palmer, Musical Opinion, October 2015

‘This is a thoughtful and well-produced set of CDs that showcases Robert Thompson in a wide range of musical styles. The sound is consistently good and the majority of the performances are well presented’
– John Whitmore, MusicWeb, October 2015

‘People often nod sagely, and say of the bassoon “Wonderful instrument. No solo repertoire at all though; pity.” Well, if needed, here is concrete proof not only that such repertoire does exist, but that the bassoon is only rivalled by the flute amongst wind instruments in terms of the historic breadth of its music, from mid-Baroque through to the present day. Robert Thompson’s ambitious 4 CD set does indeed range from Vivaldi concertos of the 1720s to John Downey’s quintet of 2002.’
– Gwyn Parry-Jones, MusicWeb International, September 2015

‘One of the most significant collections of fine music written for the bassoon. Robert Thompson’s artistry is rare indeed and when one consider5s the consistent quality of the music-making on these very well recorded CDs, one fully comprehends the fascination for and the musicianship it has brought forth the from this wholly exceptional musician. This set of CDs has a musical importance which goes far beyond any detailed specialist appeal, and one cannot imagine a finer set of discs to demonstrate the unique qualities of this extraordinarily expressive instrument than this eminently well presented and packaged issue.’
– Musical Opinion, July 2015

Track Listing

CD 1 44’


Concerto in B Flat Major, RV 504; Concerto in A Minor, RV 498; Concerto in C Major, RV 472; Concerto in C Minor, RV 480

London Mozart Players; Harpsichord/director: Philip Ledger


CD 2 68’


Three Quartets for Bassoon and Strings, Op. 40

Members of the Coull String Quartet (Violin: Roger Coull; Viola: David Curtis; Cello: John Todd)


CD 3 46’

GORDON JACOB (1895-1984)

Concerto for Bassoon and Strings (with optional percussion)

JOHN DOWNEY (1927-2004)

The Edge of Space: Fantasy for Bassoon and Orchestra     


Concertino for Bassoon and Wind Ensemble

Wind Players of the English Chamber Orchestra; Geoffrey Simon


CD 4 57’

ARNOLD BAX (1883-1953)

Threnody and Scherzo for Bassoon, Harp and Strings   

Strings of the London Symphony Orchestra; David Amos

JOHN DOWNEY (1927-2004)

Quintet for Bassoon and Strings*

Fine Arts Quartet

(Violins: Ralph Evans and Efim Boico; Viola: Yuri Gandelsman; Cello: Wolfgang Laufer)


Bassoon Concerto in B Flat Major, K. 191*

Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra; Steve Colburn


Famous Military and Concert Marches

Famous Military and Concert Marches

The Band of HM Royal Marines, Chatham

Famous Military and Concert MarchesHTGCD241 – 5013993951056

A romp through the gamut of concert band marches – Sousa, Alford et al and some intriguing arrangements of marches from the core classical canon. The choice of RM Band is also intriguing – this particular band was merged with the other Marines bands in 1983, a victim of that year’s strategic defence review.

Captain C.J. Taylor LRAM, ARCM LG SMRM

57 minutes

‘Well played, nicely rhythmical… Good, clean and well spread sound’
– Grampohone
Track Listing
  1. Colonel Bogey – Alford
  2. El Abanico – Jambaloyes arr. Ord Hume
  3. Marche Lorriane – Ganne
  4. With Sword and Lance – Starke
  5. Blaze Away – Holzmann
  6. Under the Double Eagle  – Wagner
  7. El Capitan – Sousa
  8. Blue Devils – Williams
  9. The Contemptibles – Stanley
  10. Guards Armoured Division – Willcocks
  11. Grand March from ‘Aida’ – Verdi arr. Agoult
  12. Radetsky March –  J. Strauss arr. Richardson
  13. March Militaire Francaise from ‘Suite Algerienne’ – Saint-Saens arr. Godfrey
  14. Coronation March from ‘Le Prophete’ – Meyerbeer arr. Agoult
  15. Alla Marcia from ‘Karelia Suite’ – Sibelius arr. Richardson
  16. Pomp and circumstance March No. 1 – Elgar arr. Elgar

Producer and Balance Engineer:  Brian B. Culverhouse

Recorded in The National Dockyard Church, Chatham in October 1977.


British Band Classics

Eastman Wind Ensemble, Frederick Fennell

HTGCD227 – 5013993891598

The Eastman Wind Ensemble, conducted by Frederick Fennell, performs classics of the British concert band repertoire including the Holst Suites, the Vaughan Williams Folk Song Suite and Toccata Marziale, Gordon Jacob’s William Byrd Suite, Walton’s Crown Imperial and Holst’s Hammersmith Prelude and Scherzo.

77 minutes

Track Listing
Holst: Suite No. 1 in E flat, op. 28a

  1. Chaconne: Allegro moderato
  2. Intermezzo – Vivacem
  3. March – Tempo di Marcia
    Holst: Suite No. 2 in F, op. 28b

  5. March (Morris Dance) – Allegro
  6. Song Without Words ‘I’ll love my love’ – Andante
  7. Song of the Blacksmith – Moderato e maestoso
  8. Fantasia on the Dargason – Allegro moderato
    Vaughan Williams: Folk Song Suite

  10. March ‘Seventeen Come Sunday’ – Allegro
  11. Intermezzo ‘My Bonny Boy’ – Andantino
  12. March ‘Folk Songs from Somerset’ – Allegro

  14. Vaughan Williams: Toccata Marziale

    Gordon Jacob: William Byrd Suite

  16. The Earle of Oxford’s Marche
  17. Pavana
  18. Jhon Come Kiss Me Now
  19. The Mayden’s Song
  20. Wolsey’s Wilde
  21. The Bells

  23. Walton: Crown Imperial, A Coronation March

  25. Holst: Hammersmith, Prelude and Scherzo, Op. 52


Tracks 1-11: recorded in 1955
Tracks 12-19: recorded in 1958