Solo CDs for the Hyperion label
and other solo and orchestral recordings by Laurence Perkins
New release from HYPERION - 27th July
The Princess and the Bear
Richard Strauss: Duet-Concertino for clarinet, bassoon and orchestra
Beethoven: Trio Op.38 for clarinet, bassoon and piano
Glinka: Trio Pathétique for clarinet, bassoon and piano
Sarah Watts (clarinet)
Laurence Perkins (bassoon)
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by Sian Edwards (Strauss)
Martin Roscoe (piano - Beethoven and Glinka)
The Duet-Concertino by Richard Strauss is a musical story of a princess (clarinet, played by Sarah Watts) and a bear (bassoon, played by Laurence Perkins), with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra conducted by Sian Edwards. Martin Roscoe is the pianist in trios by Beethoven (the composer's own version of his Septet) and Glinka.
Three excerpts from Richard Strauss: Duet-Concertino
Four excerpts from Glinka: Trio Pathétique
Mozart: Concerto in B flat, K.191
Weber: Concerto in F major, Op.75
Carl Stamitz: Concerto in F
Michael Haydn: Concertino
Weber: Andante and Hungarian Rondo, Op.35
with Manchester Camerata, conducted by Douglas Boyd
“... a most alluring sound, especially singing above muted strings in the Andante.”
BBC Music Magazine
“Perkins brings out the fun in much of the inspiration as well as the lyrical beauty.”
“... a comparably winning performance”
The Playful Pachyderm
Classical miniatures, folk melodies and 'fun' pieces
including Romance (Elgar), English Folksongs (Vaughan-Williams), Allegro Spiritoso (Senaillé), ‘Pièce en forme de Habañera’ (Ravel) ‘Mist-Covered Mountains’ (trad. Scottish) Allegro Spiritoso (Senaillè), Lucy Long (Godfrey), Funeral March of a Marionette (Gounod).
with the New London Orchestra conducted by Ronald Corp
“The musical fare on offer here is a joy from start to finish ... the bassoon is transformed into a soothing and emphatic entertainer ... Perkins is a consummate and stylish advocate of the music.”
David Mellor, Mail on Sunday
"As far as the eye can see..."
A musical journey in melody, poetry and prose
Music by David Bedford, Robin Walker, Maddy Aldis, John Field, and traditional folk melodies.
Words by William Shakespeare, John Keats, Emily Brontë, Oscar Wilde, Robert Burns and William Wordsworth.
“It really is quite an experience, taking in for the first time the expressiveness of this remarkable instrument, and Laurence Perkins ensures, through an ingenious selection of words and music, that his audience enjoys it to the full. ... A performance not to be missed!”
Author of the Cambridge Encyclopaedia of the English Language
This recording is available as download only, from iTunes - click HERE
'L'Aprés-midi d'un Dinosaur'
The programme includes:
Saint-Saëns: Sonata in G, Op.168
William Hurlstone: Sonata in F
Pierné: Solo de Concert
Elgar: Romance (première recording of the composer's own piano version) To hear excerpts from this recording, click HERE
Orchestral recordings on the Avie label
Laurence Perkins was principal bassoonist with Manchester Camerata orchestra between 1974 and 2017. Their numerous recordings (on CD or MP3 download) were recorded live in concert at the Bridgewater Hall and at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK.
Available as CDs or download:
Beethoven: Symphonies 1-9 conducted by Douglas Boyd
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto - soloist Giovanni Guzzo, conductor Douglas Boyd
Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations - soloist Miklós Perényi, conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 'Classical' conducted by Gábor Takács-Nagy
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (chamber version by Arnold Schönberg and Rainer Riehn) - soloists Jane Irwin (
Mozart: Symphonies No.40 and 41 'Jupiter', conducted by Douglas Boyd
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This vibrant tango (composed by Laurence Perkins) - with an unmistakable Latin flavour - features in Laurence's one-hour live concert with video, Bassoon Voyager. It's a wonderful example of the bassoon 'sound-world', as well as being a tribute to the great master of tango, Astor Piazzolla. The music is also inspired by the 18th century Chaconne (hence the title) which was a theme and variations over a repeated bass line.
This multi-tracked recording by Laurence Perkins is available from iTunes. To hear a one-minute sample on YouTube, click HERE. The sheet music for Chacontango (for 5 bassoons and contrabassoon) is published by Emerson Edition.