Pro Contra! (2016)

Francaix, Schulhoff, Mozart, Krommer, Olthuis

Simon Van Holen

Bassoon and contrabassoon; a kaleidoscopic rainbow of virtuosity, concentrated into a single CD. Perhaps there’s nothing unique here, but nevertheless it is something quite special and unusual. No one could argue that either of these is among the most popular of ‘classical’ instruments. The contra’s popularity rating would probably be as low as its pitch! And this is no great surprise. One consequence of its extremely deep register and particular sound is that composers have been less than lavish with their contributions to its repertoire. In popularity contests, the bassoon would probably do a little better than its big brother, though it would still be unlikely to reach the top 10. All too often, and despite all of Prokofiev’s best intentions, it gets associated with the grumpy grandfather in Peter and the Wolf. This is fairly disrespectful of the bassoon (to say nothing of grandpa).

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Pro Contra! (2016)

Francaix, Schulhoff, Mozart, Krommer, Olthuis

Simon Van Holen

Cables: Siltech
Digital Converters: dCS
Mastering Engineer: Bert van der Wolf
Mastering Equipment: Avalon Acoustic
Microphones: Sonodore
Producer: Bert van der Wolf
Recording Engineer: Bert van der Wolf
Recording location: Galaxy Studios, Mol, Belgium
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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1.
Divertissement for bassoon and string quintet- Vivace
Francaix
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Divertissement for bassoon and string quintet- Lento
Francaix
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Divertissement for bassoon and string quintet- Vivo assai
Francaix
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Divertissement for bassoon and string quintet- Allegro
Francaix
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Bassnachtigall for contrabassoon solo op. 38- Melancolia
Schulhoff
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Bassnachtigall for contrabassoon solo op. 38- Perpetuum Mobile
Schulhoff
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Bassnachtigall for contrabassoon solo op. 38- Fuga
Schulhoff
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Sonata for bassoon and cello KV292- Allegro
Mozart
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Sonata for bassoon and cello KV292- Andante
Mozart
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Sonata for bassoon and cello KV292- Rondo-Allegro
Mozart
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Quartet for bassoon, 2 violas and cello op. 46 no. 1- Allegro
Krommer
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Quartet for bassoon, 2 violas and cello op. 46 no. 1- Andante
Krommer
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Quartet for bassoon, 2 violas and cello op. 46 no. 1- Menuetto. Moderato-Trio
Krommer
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Quartet for bassoon, 2 violas and cello op. 46 no. 1- Rondo
Krommer
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Concertino for contrabassoon and string quintet- Concertino for contrabassoon and string quintet
Olthuis
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