Jean Nicolas Savary: The Stradivari of the Bassoon | Pan Classics PC10306

Jean Nicolas Savary: The Stradivari of the Bassoon


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Label: Pan Classics

Cat No: PC10306

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 30th June 2014



The Parisian bassoon maker Jean Nicolas Savary jeune was considered the 'Stradivari of the Bassoon' during the 19th century. His bassoons were in great demand in France and England, and instruments were built according to his models up until the early 20th century. It is all the more astonishing, therefore, that no Savary bassoon had until now been reconstructed: a gap that has been filled by the Swiss bassoon maker Walter Bassetto in cooperation with the bassoonist Lyndon Watts.

A reconstruction of an instrument from the year 1823 can be heard on this CD. It is especially convincing by virtue of its effortless response and its nasally pithy yet lyrical sound. The extraordinary qualities of the Savary bassoon are particularly shown to advantage in works by Beethoven and Reicha, as well as two adaptations from operas of Rossini and Donizetti.

The performer is the Australian Lyndon Watts, who was a prize winner at the ARD Competition in 2002 and was appointed solo bassoonist with the Munich Philharmonic at the age of just 22. He is accompanied by Edoardo Torbianelli, an established specialist for historical keyboard instruments.

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