The Bassoon Abroad: Foreign Composers in Britain | Carus CAR83463

The Bassoon Abroad: Foreign Composers in Britain


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Label: Carus

Cat No: CAR83463

Barcode: 4009350834637

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 7th February 2014



Several composers from the European continent established themselves in Britain in the first half of the 18th century. For a lot of them, mainly influenced by the Italian style, it was a necessity to musically integrate their compositions, while they helped moulding the element of “Britishness” in British music in the first place. On this CD the Ensemble Chameleon around the British bassoonist Jennifer Harris (who is living in Germany today) explores the musical style of John Ernest Galliard and Luigi Merci, complementing it with Scottish traditional songs. The multifaceted, colourful interpretation shows that the bassoon does not solely exist to serve as a muffled and dusty bass of the wind family: it is able to sigh, to speak and to laugh, in short: to come alive.

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