The Lowest (of the Low) Double Reeds
SPONSORED BY BOB BARRON & FRED BLANTON
Developing out of earlier predecessors, the bassoon and contrabassoon provide the foundation of Baroque and Classical ensemble music. Whereas the contra adds notes nearing the very bottom of human hearing and is used for particularly grave or grand situations, the bassoon is a regular feature of the Baroque continuo section. In this Perspective Keith Collins explains the instruments' origins, design, and highlights a few works in which they play key roles.
C. Keith Collins plays curtal, baroque and classical bassoon, shawm, recorder, and harp. He is faculty at the IU Jacobs School of Music’s Historical Performance Institute and at the University of North Texas. He has performed with many period orchestras and chamber ensembles, including Apollo's Fire, Folger Consort, Tafelmusik, San Diego Bach Collegium, and Grammy-nominated Musik Ekklesia. He is a founding member of the award-winning Ensemble Lipzodes, which specializes in the music of colonial Latin America. Keith studied at Berry College and Indiana University. His D.M. is the first doctorate ever awarded in historical bassoon performance.
Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks remains one of the most beloved orcehstral works of the Baroque era. This performance features the SMF Baroque Players on period instruments. Includes program notes.
Bassoonists Stephanie Corwin and Keith Collins take their places in the midst of the SMF Baroque Players and Chamber Chorus, performing music from Rameau's 1735 opera on exotic themes. In HD with program notes.
Bass Peter Walker takes on the role of Schlendrian, the curmudgeonly father in Bach's light-hearted secular cantata. Accompanied by the low strings of Anna Steinhoff and Heather Miller Lardin, along Keith Collins on contrabassoon and Mark Shuldiner on harpsichord. With program notes.
Carsten Schmidt leads this performance for chorus and orchestra of Handel's Coronation Anthem ("Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened"), written in 1727 for the installment of George II. With program notes.
Carsten Schmidt conducts a scintillating performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 in C Major, recorded in 2018. With this work Beethoven firmly put his mark on the Viennese symphonic world. Includes program notes.
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