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Performance and Pedagogy Blog

A blog about the performance and pedagogy of music.

Filtering by Tag: bassoon

Osesp Bassoon Quartet Playing Take Five: Monday YouTube Fix

Andrew Hitz

I love creative settings of well known tunes.  It doesn't get too much more creative than this arrangement of Paul Desmond's Take Five.  It is not only a great setting of the tune by Alexandre Silvério but all four members of the Osesp Bassoon Quartet (Francisco Formiga , José Arion Linarez, Romeu Rabello, and Silvério) are fantastic. Somewhere, Dave Brubeck is smiling over this arrangement of Take Five for Bassoon Quartet.


Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet: Monday YouTube Fix

Andrew Hitz

This is a live performance of Carl Nielsen's Wind Quintet, Opus 43, played by the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet.  This was performed on October 5, 2012 at the Samobor Music Festival in Croatia. The Performers:

Michael Hasel, Flute Andreas Wittmann, Oboe Walter Seyfarth, Clarinet Fergus McWilliam, Horn Marion Reinhard, Bassoon

The Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet is everything I look for in a chamber ensemble.  Each member is playing every note like a soloist and yet the most important line or lines are always stepping to the foreground.

I instantly fell in love with the music of Carl Nielsen when I performed his Fifth Symphony at Tanglewood as a high school student.  He was a brilliant composer and his Wind Quintet is simply fantastic.