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"... this week's top album"  The Times, 2nd July

Released by Hyperion on 2nd July, 'Voyage of a Sea-god' - a 2-CD anthology of 20th century music for bassoon -  covers exactly 100 years, in chronological order, from 1900 to 1999. Also available as MP3 downloads, 'Voyage of a Sea-god' is one of the most substantial collections of bassoon music ever created.

You can sample tracks, order CDs or download MP3 files directly from the Hyperion Sea-god webpage - click HERE to go directly to that page.

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Live music at last - we are celebrating in Manchester with four wonderful concerts in July and early August. Brief details below - click HERE to go directly to the concerts webpage.

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Sunday 11th July at 3pm, Stoller Hall
Music as if from heaven…
Mozart: Serenade in B flat K.361 ‘Gran Partita’ 
Manchester Philharmonic Winds, conducted by Laurence Perkins

 

Friday 16th July at 6pm, Stoller Hall
'Summertime'
including music by Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Paul Reade, Robin Walker with Scottish and Spanish music.
Laurence Perkins (bassoon), Alex Berry (piano)

 

Tuesday 27th July at 6pm, Stoller Hall
Cuillin Sound - 'Winds at Sea'
Film and TV music for woodwind quartet, including Boccherini (The Ladykillers) and Delibes (British Airways), plus music by film composers Malcolm Arnold and Matyas Seiber, also English music by Elgar and Peter Warlock, and Spanish music by Manuel de Falla.

 

Monday 2nd August at 7pm
Chamber of Commerce,  Deansgate
Beautiful World
An inspiring one-hour musical journey around the world. Highly original musical settings, plus natural soundscapes including birdsong and the sound of the sea, all alongside  the expressive and versatile sound of the bassoon. The journey includes a Scottish mountain, the English Malvern hills, a Serenade from Mexico, Latin American tango, a beautiful flower from the Far East, a train journey from Vienna, a love song in Italy, and the high Alpine pastures of Switzerland.

 

Click HERE to go directly to the concerts webpage - details, audio samplers and secure on-line booking.

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"Perkins is a compelling advocate of the instrument"  

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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.

Promoting concerts? Click here to explore imaginative and accessible programmes featuring the bassoon

Bassoon and piano: click RECITALS
Bassoon and orchestra: click CONCERTOS
Multimedia concert - live music with video: click BASSOON VOYAGER
Music and poetry: click AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE...
Two bassoons (musical entertainment)  click 2BASSOONS

... or contact Laurence Perkins directly, click HERE for the Contact Form.

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Inspiring wind chamber music courses for amateur players
(graded courses - advanced, intermediate and elementary levels)
click HERE for details

Bassoon courses, events and education projects
click HERE for details

New solo recordings in preparation
click HERE for details

Wind Serenades and other courses - latest updates

Please see the relevant pages for updates on forthcoming courses - click BDRS Oboe/Bassoon course or Wind Serenades links to go to the relevant pages

 

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