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Vocalise: Transcriptoins & music for bassoon and piano by Mendelssohn, Schumann, Longo, Rachmaninov, Pierne, Ravel / Massimo Data, bassoon, Piero Barbareschi, piano

Notes & Reviews:

The chamber literature for bassoon is not as rich and varied as the instrument deserves. Despite its widely recognised beauty of timbre and expressive potentialities, used and celebrated in solos from many significant orchestral and operatic compositions, a fitting chamber literature in the 19th and 20th centuries, especially in duo with the piano, is conspicuously absent. The pieces recorded on this CD are an attempt to demonstrate how this repertoire may be expanded and built upon, both by using original compositions for bassoon and piano and by transcribing significant pieces by Romantic and 20th-century authors originally intended for other expressive instruments. The pieces themselves range from atmospheric 19th-century compositions such as Schumann’s Drei Romanzen Op.98, in which the bassoon takes on a distinctly vocal quality, to beautiful and at times melancholic 20th-century pieces, including Piazzolla’s Oblivion, in which the flexibility of the instrument’s timbre truly comes to the fore. Bridging these two groups is the ‘title track’ by Rachmaninoff, the implications of whose name are certainly done justice in this set, for the bassoon truly ‘finds its own voice’ here. Bassoonist Massimo Data has played as principal bassoonist for several orchestras in Italy and beyond, and has given masterclasses across the world. He is accompanied by pianist Piero Barbareschi, who collaborates on chamber music duos with a wide variety of instrumentalists and plays a broad repertoire of music ranging from the 17th century to the present day. Other information * Recorded in 2013. * Booklet contains notes on the music and biographies for each of the artists.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
This album is rooted firmly in romantic era pathos but has hints of the more contemporary revival of passion in music with the two works by Piazzolla. To be sure, it's rich and soulful music all around. Mr Data has a warm and full tone, the kind one expects from a bassoonist who plays a Heckel. Mr Data sculpts his music with admirable care and deliberation. This is one of the more significant compilations of music for bassoon that I have heard in a long time. Massimo Data and Piero Barbareschi have a very special musical kinship.


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