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A Bassoon in Stockholm…

In the mid-1980s, Donna Agrell acquired a rare Grenser & Wiesner bassoon, built in Dresden sometime around 1820. She has been using it for more than 1,500 performances since then, many of them with the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, of which she has been a member since it was founded. The bassoon came in its original case, with an address label indicating that the instrument had been delivered to Stockholm. Further research into the Stockholm music scene during the early 19th century revealed that instruments from Grenser & Wiesner were popular in Sweden. One who swore by his bassoon from the company was Frans Preumayr, a musician of German origin who played in the orchestra of the Royal Opera, but also made a name for himself abroad as a bassoon virtuoso, garnering praise in London and on the continent. Such a gifted player naturally inspired composers to write for him, and these included his father-in-law, the clarinet virtuoso Berhard Henrik Crusell, the flamboyant music director at the Stockholm opera, Édouard Du Puy, and a young Franz Berwald, employed among the strings of the opera orchestra. For the present recording Donna Agrell has chosen three chamber works which were all premièred with Preumayr on the bassoon. She is joined by colleagues from the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century as well as by Ronald Brautigam – all of them playing period instruments – in Berwald's celebrated Septet in B flat major and the less well-known Quartet for piano and winds, and in Du Puy's Quintet for bassoon and strings.
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  Composer: Berwald, Franz
  Septet in B flat major (1817/28) 23:12
01 I. Introduzione. Adagio - Allegro molto 08:12 $ 1.97 USD
02 II. Poco adagio - Prestissimo - Adagio 08:40 $ 2.08 USD
03 III. Finale. Allegro con spirito 06:20 $ 1.52 USD
  Composer: Du Puy, Édouard
  Quintet in A minor 20:59
04 I. Allegro moderato 07:45 $ 1.86 USD
05 II. Andante sostenuto 05:08 $ 1.23 USD
06 III. Rondo. Allegro 08:06 $ 1.94 USD
  Composer: Berwald, Franz
  Quartet in E flat major (1819) 23:40
07 I. Introduzione. Adagio - Allegro ma non troppo 11:17 $ 2.71 USD
08 II. Adagio 03:13 $ 0.77 USD
09 III. Finale. Allegro 09:10 $ 2.20 USD
  Album total 68:53
ComposerBerwald, Franz
Du Puy, Édouard
BassoonAgrell, Donna
ClarinetCoppola, Lorenzo
HornZwart, Teunis van der
ViolinDestrube, Marc
Polman, Franc
ViolaMorita, Yoshiko
CelloBrüggen, Albert
Double bassFranenberg, Robert
FortepianoBrautigam, Ronald

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