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Dan Welcher: Places in the West

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
Kristen Wolfe Jensen has been the bassoon professor at the University of Texas since 1995. Here she collaborates with former members of her bassoon studio. This is a varied program, combining "classical favorites" like the Flower Duet and the Papageno Duet with several new and unfamiliar pieces by composers Sean Craypo, Kevin Gray, and Spencer Lambright. Ms Jensen's former students are very fine players and include members of the Chicago, Houston, and National Symphonies. One thing all these bassoonists have in common is a full, rich sound, suitable for both solo and orchestral playing. Their musical instincts and collaborative skills are very fine as well, particularly noticeable in Blacklight, Junior and the Handel Trio Sonata. Bassoon enthusiasts who are interested in hearing familiar orchestral players in a solo context will enjoy this.


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