Francisco Mignone, Heitor Villa-Lobos
FRANK MORELLI, bassoon
BENJAMIN VERDERY, guitar
ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
"Recommended to bassoonists? Yes, thanks to the repertoire, to Morelli's tone and technique, and to MSR's really fine recorded sound. Recommendable beyond that? Yes again, because the music is good, heartwarming Brazilian fodder, and the orchestra is still sharp. [Morelli] shows superb legato control..low notes are smooth, full and fruity. The midrange sings..."
FANFARE - May/June 2005
"...an embarassment of riches...Mr. Morelli has already established himself as one of the great American bassoonists - and [this] new recording only solidifies his reputation...gorgeous tone throughout...he breezes through the technical difficulties with flair...The strings of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra play with a lush sound... The sound quality of the recording is excellent."
THE DOUBLE REED, WINTER 2005
"The bassoon playing in this recording is as good as it gets. Morelli’s sound is the consummation of stability, Flexibility and sensuality. This is the best engineered recording for a solo instrument…that I’ve reviewed. The balance between Morelli and the orchestra should be a benchmark for future recordings."
AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, JANUARY FEBRUARY 2005
"Frank Morelli…brings out [the] lyrical nature very pleasingly, and his tone is plush yet still characteristically reedy…[his] playing is a joy to hear."
GRAMOPHONE, JANUARY 2005
"Bassoonist Frank Morelli presents his instrument in its most expressively romantic light. The sonics, produced and engineered by Gregory K. Squires, capture the rich timbre and nuance of the instrument to perfection."
ATLANTA AUDIO SOCIETY, NOVEMBER 2004
Introduced to the bassoon while in public school, Frank Morelli
studied at the Manhattan and Juilliard Schools of Music, and was the first bassoonist to be awarded a doctorate by Juilliard. He has more than 140 recordings for major labels to his credit, including an acclaimed Mozart Bassoon Concerto on Deutsche Grammophon and "Shadow Dances" which won a 2001 Grammy. Morelli has made eight appearances as a soloist in Carnegie Hall and has appeared with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center on numerous occasions, including at the Whitehouse for the final state dinner of the Clinton presidency. A member of the renowned quintet, Windscape, he also serves on the faculties of the Juilliard, Yale and SUNY Stony Brook, and is principal bassoonist of the New York City Opera Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the American Composers Orchestra.
Recognized internationally as one of the world's great orchestras, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra has been thrilling music lovers on four continents in a profoundly unique manner for more than 30 years. Comprised of exceptional musicians, Orpheus members bring their chamber music expertise to the orchestra setting, sharing leadership roles while rehearsing, performing and recording. This deep personal artistic commitment eliminates any barrier between the listener and the music. In addition to the critical acclaim for Orpheus' live appearances are numerous distinctions and awards, including a 2001 Grammy for "Shadow Dances: Stravinsky Miniatures," several Grammy nominations and Musical America's 1998 "Ensemble of the Year" award.
Francisco MIGNONE (1897-1986)
Concertino for bassoon & chamber orchestra (1957)
Sixteen Waltzes for solo bassoon (1979-1981)
Heitor VILLA-LOBOS (1887-1959)
Aria (Cantilena) from Bachianas Brasilieras No.5 (1938)
Ciranda das Sete Notas for bassoon and string orchestra (1933)