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Devienne, Danzi, Françaix & Molinelli: Works for Bassoon and Strings / Massimo Martusciello, bassoon; Ensemble Devienne

Album Summary

>Devienne, François : Quartet for bassoon, violin, viola & cello in C major, Op.73/1
>Danzi, Franz : Quartet for bassoon & string trio in B flat major, Op. 40/3
>Devienne, François : Quartet for bassoon, violin, viola & cello in G minor, Op. 73/3
>Françaix, Jean [Composer] : Divertissement, for bassoon & string quintet
>Molinelli, Roberto : Amadèremix, for bassoon, violin, viola & cello (after W.A. Mozart)
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Notes & Reviews:

Until the middle of the 1700s the bassoon suffered from a series of technical limitations that retarded its appreciation until new improvements allowed the classical bassoon (to distinguish it, as we do today, from the baroque instrument) to emerge as a fundamental instrument of ever more complex orchestras. The Ensemble Devienne and bassoonist Massimo Martusciello's new Bongiovanni release features a program of bassoon chamber works by four composers, one from the Classical era (Devienne), an early-Romantic (Danzi) and two 20th c. modernists, Jean Françaix and Roberto Molinelli.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
Ensemble Devienne has created a pleasant program for casual listening and gives us a welcome reminder of the fashionable colors of bassoon and chamber strings. Layers of warm and dark Italian lyric sound typify Martusciello's playing; bassoon enthusiasts will delight in it. The Devienne works are galant in character. The heart of the album is in the Danzi, which captures the ears immediately with the graceful minor melody.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Ridotto del Teatro "Giuseppe Verdi", Trieste (2014).



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Works Details

>Devienne, François : Quartet for bassoon, violin, viola & cello in C major, Op.73/1
  • Performer: Massimo Martusciello (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Devienne
  • Running Time: 14 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: circa 1800

>Danzi, Franz : Quartet for bassoon & string trio in B flat major, Op. 40/3
  • Performer: Massimo Martusciello (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Devienne
  • Running Time: 18 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Devienne, François : Quartet for bassoon, violin, viola & cello in G minor, Op. 73/3
  • Performer: Massimo Martusciello (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Devienne
  • Running Time: 15 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: circa 1800

>Françaix, Jean [Composer] : Divertissement, for bassoon & string quintet
  • Performer: Massimo Martusciello (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Devienne
  • Running Time: 9 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1968

>Molinelli, Roberto : Amadèremix, for bassoon, violin, viola & cello (after W.A. Mozart)
  • Performer: Massimo Martusciello (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Devienne
  • Running Time: 13 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Chamber Music