Sunday, October 24, 2010
M had a recital this afternoon -- Dutilleux, Saint-Saens, and the premier of a brand new sonata, written by the piano player. It was a nice show, for a small but appreciative audience heavy in the bassoon players in town. I quite liked the sonata -- it had very vocal parts at times, with a nice sound from the bassoon. The Dutilleux is not a piece that I'm familiar with, though I knew he'd been working on it (especially the high F, which is probably easier on the French bassoon it'd been written for). The Saint-Saens is a lovely piece, and he took the 2nd movement crazy fast. All in all a lot of fun, and good conversations at the reception afterward. The third orchestra in town is playing a piece that requires four bassoons, and they only have two, so I might have scored a gig later. That'll be fun if it happens.