As you know, I require my university woodwind students (oboe, clarinet, bassoon, saxophone) to grow their personal listening libraries by a minimum of one recording per semester. Here are this semester’s picks. They are all available from Amazon on CD or MP3 or both (links provided), and also on iTunes.
Carolyn Hove: English Horn & Oboe
Oboists get some key English horn repertoire this time around, as performed by the reigning queen.
Repertoire: Hindemith Sonata; Salonen Second Meeting (oboe); Marvin Pieces; Persichetti Parable; Carter Pastorale; Stevens Triangles IV
Michael Collins: The Lyrical Clarinet
Some good undergraduate-level repertoire here, played, of course, well above the undergraduate level.
Repertoire: Burgmüller Duo; Finzi Five Bagatelles; Baermann Adagio; Saint-Saëns Sonata; Pärt Spiegel im Spiegel; Reade Suite from “The Victorian Kitchen Garden;” Poulenc Sonata
Martin Kuuskmann: Nonstop
I was taken by Kuuskmann’s virtuosic playing, but also by the cheeky programming: Bach followed by Berio, and his convincing interpretation of Jobim is a pleasant surprise on a bassoon recording.
Repertoire: Bach Partita BWV 1013; Berio Sequenza XII; Pärt Spiegel im Spiegel; Schnyder Sonata; Körvits Song for a Distant Friend; Kertsman Nocturne and Lullaby; Randalu Rignana; Jobim Inutil Paisagem
Timothy McAllister: In Transit
I usually try to stick more or less to established standard repertoire, but my saxophone students hopefully get their horizons expanded a little this time (though the Albright Sonata may qualify as a standard at this point).
Repertoire: Etazady Streetlegal; Albright Sonata; Babbitt Accompanied Recitative; Wanamaker Sonata Deus Sax Machina; Zupko In Transit