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Bassoonist, conductor, speaker on music, adjudicator of festivals and competitions - music lover!


Top Reviewer Ranking: 5,905 - Total Helpful Votes: 119 of 128
Hallé Tradition ~ Hallé
Hallé Tradition ~ Hallé
These are fascinating CDs, particularly for a Mancunian music-lover, or for one (like me) who played in this great orchestra over some years. These recordings range from the mid 1920s to the early 40s, and are mainly conducted by the great Sir Hamilton Harty, though there are tracks by Malcolm Sargent and Leslie Heward.
The first CD is devoted to Dvorak and Brahms, with a rumbustious performance of the Carnival Overture and New World Symphony. The degree of expressive freedom and flexibility is remarkable, and Harty gets a committed response from his players - you can feel this strongly despite the aged recording.
Disc 2 is devoted entirely to Elgar. Harty's 'Enigma', which… Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting, 13 Jun 2014
Hadn't heard the Elgar piece before; it's an interesting work, but for me didn't quite hit the spot as his music usually does for me.
The Proud Bassoon - Virtuoso Works for Baroque Bas&hellip ~ Peter Whelan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 13 Jun 2014
Wonderful playing; his tonguing is incredibly rapid and light, and he 'bends' the music in such a musical way. Still can't believe that real Baroque bassoonists made a weedy tone like this, though.

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