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John Flinders and Laurence Perkins at recording sessions in April 2022
John Flinders and Laurence Perkins at recording sessions in April 2022

Recording sessions for new Hyperion recording just completed

'Honey-Coloured Cow' is the delightfully quirky title of Laurence's new solo CD, to be released next year (2023) on the Hyperion label. It's a fascinating and diverse collection of original and mostly shorter pieces, includes music by Villa-Lobos, Ruth Gipps, Joseph Horovitz, Robin Walker, Jean-Michel Damase, Alan Ridout and Joseph Holbrooke. Laurence is joined by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by William Goodchild, the Carducci String Quartet, pianist John Flinders, and bassoonists Catriona McDermid, Matthew Kitteringham and Amy Thompson. More details will be available nearer the release date - watch this space!

Weber's manuscript dated 3 August 1822
Weber's manuscript dated 3 August 1822

Weber Bassoon Concerto - 200th Anniversary

On Wednesday 3rd August 1822, Carl Maria von Weber completed his Bassoon Concerto, one of the most important works in the solo bassoon repertoire. Exactly 200 years later - on Wednesday 3rd August - this is being celebrated with a unique event in central London! Click HERE to find out what all this is about, and to hear an audio clip of what to expect...

Bassoonists at Higham Hall, May 2022
Bassoonists at Higham Hall, May 2022
Sea-god painting by Ghislaine Howard
Sea-god painting by Ghislaine Howard

Voyage of a Sea-god

 

"Album of the week" in The Times newspaper (July 2021)

No. 4 in the U.K. Specialist Classical Charts (July 2021)

Discover this extraordinary musical journey though the 20th century from 1900 to 1999, with the bassoon leading the way.

 

Click HERE for details and a video sampler of this Hyperion recording

Recently-published REVIEW in 'The Double Reed'
- magazine of the International Double Reed Society (IDRS) in USA

"Bassoonist Laurence Perkins's 2021 album 'Voyage of a Sea-god' is a release of epic proportions ... this two-CD release is a huge accomplishment in its scope, variety and quality ... This is a must-have for serious bassoon recording libraries."

Discover

the wonderful

musical world

of the

BASSOON!

Bassoon HR

"Perkins is a compelling advocate of the instrument"  

International Record Review

Photo: Christos Bainpakis
Photo: Christos Bainpakis

Based in Manchester, U.K., Laurence Perkins is one of Britain's leading bassoonists. As a soloist, principal orchestral player and as a tutor, he is a tireless champion of an instrument which to this day is less well-known and appreciated than it deserves to be. With an extensive catalogue of solo recordings, a vast number of solo recital and concerto performances, and numerous education projects (national and international) promoting the bassoon, Laurence is continuing this work with new recordings, imaginative concert programmes and innovative projects.

Take a quick tour of some of Laurence's performances
and wide-ranging repertoire
(just a few seconds of each piece - click the 'play' arrow below)

Mozart: Concerto for bassoon and orchestra in B flat, K.191 - 1st movement excerpt (located at 0 mins 0 secs)
with Manchester Camerata, conducted by Douglas Boyd (duration of excerpt: 20 seconds)
A top recommended version in 'Building a Library' on BBC Radio 3 Record Review programme

Saint-Saëns: Sonata for bassoon and piano, Op.168 - 1st movement excerpt (located at 0 mins 21 secs)
with Michael Hancock (piano) (duration of excerpt: 24 seconds)

Gilbert Vinter: The Playful Pachderm (orchestrated by Laurence Perkins) - excerpt (located at 0 mins 46 secs)
with the New London Orchestra, conducted by Ronald Corp (duration of excerpt: 27 seconds)

Fauré: Piéce (orchestrated by Laurence Perkins) - excerpt (located at 1 mins 13 secs)
with the New London Orchestra, conducted by Ronald Corp (duration of excerpt: 31 seconds)

Gounod: Marche funèbre d'une marionnette (Funeral March of a Marionette - The Hitchcock theme)
(orchestrated by Laurence Perkins) - excerpt (located at 1 mins 45 secs)
with the New London Orchestra, conducted by Ronald Corp (duration of excerpt: 20 seconds)

Ibert: Carignane - excerpt (located at 2 mins 06 secs)
with Michael Hancock (piano) (duration of excerpt: 33 seconds)

Senaillé: Allegro Spiritoso (arranged and orchestrated by Laurence Perkins) - excerpt (located at 2 mins 39 secs)
with the New London Orchestra, conducted by Ronald Corp (duration of excerpt: 41 seconds)

Pierné: Solo de Concert - excerpt (located at 3 mins 20 secs)
with Michael Hancock (piano) (duration of excerpt: 42 seconds)

Richard Strauss: Duet-Concertino - 2nd movement excerpt (located at 4 mins 03 secs)
with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by Sian Edwards (duration of excerpt: 60 seconds)
No. 4 in the U.K. Specialist Classical Charts in August 2018

Ganglberger: Mein Teddybär (My Teddy Bear)- excerpt (located at 5 mins 03 secs)
with the New London Orchestra, conducted by Ronald Corp (duration of excerpt: 27 seconds)

Elgar: Romance, Op.62 - excerpt (located at 5 mins 30 secs)
with the New London Orchestra, conducted by Ronald Corp (duration of excerpt: 57 seconds)

Weber: Concerto for bassoon and orchestra in F major, Op.75 - excerpt (located at 6 mins 27 secs)
with Manchester Camerata, conducted by Douglas Boyd (duration of excerpt: 39 seconds)

 

All recorded excerpts by kind permission of Hyperion Records Ltd.

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