Hersant - Music for Bassoon
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Label: Brilliant Classics
Cat No: 95211
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 24th June 2016
WorksDuo Sephardim for viola and bassoon
Duos (8) for viola and bassoon
Hopi for solo bassoon
Niggun for solo bassoon
Pieces (8) for bassoon and instrumental ensemble
ArtistsAndrea Bressan (bassoon)
Mario Paladin (viola)
Ex Novo Ensemble
Schola Cantorum San Rocco
Galloisís virtuosity and adventurousness allowed Hersant to explore many new techniques and timbres for the instrument such as particular glissandi and overtone harmonics, but the influence of Messiaen may still be heard not only in the use of folk melodies (Hebrew, Mongolian and American-Indian) which pervade several works, as a kind of found music which is a counterpart to Messiaenís birds, but in the often open and radiant harmony which characterises Hersantís music whether for solo instruments such as cello or piano, or in larger-scale works for choir and orchestra.
The Eight Pieces with ensemble form a kind of concerto, or as Hersant describes it, a sequence of paintings, brief and deliberately underdeveloped. The bassoon sometimes melts into the instrumental ensemble (comprising a clarinet, a trombone, a violin, a viola, a cello, a double bass and a piano), whilst in other pieces the soloist role clearly prevails. In the Eight Duos, the popular side of Janacek and Stravinsky may be discerned. Hersant is a craftsman of his art, often working in time-honoured forms of dance, canon and songs without words. This is the most extensive collection of his music for bassoon on record.
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