MARTINU: Toccata e Due Canzoni
JOHNSEN: Concerto for Two Bassoons in F Major
SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 5 in B flat Major, D. 485
Principal and Assistant Principal Bassoons, James Compton and Nicholas Nelson share the spotlight in a celebration of the quirky tenor-range double reed member of the woodwind section. Hinrich Philip Johnsen’s Concerto for Two Bassoons shows the instrument’s true potential for virtuosity, with idiomatic writing that brings athletic passages and flashy runs front-and-center. Before this, we hear a rarely performed work from the Czech composer Martinů, who returned to his Neoclassical roots with Toccata e Due Canzoni. The program ends with Schubert’s “Mozartian” Symphony No. 5 in B flat Major – the composer was known more for his flowing melodies and song cycles than his symphonic work, but the two worlds collide in this tuneful feat from a young Schubert.
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