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Wind Effusions / Danilo Lozano, David Muller


Release Date: 07/07/2009 
Label:  Crystal   Catalog #: 710   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Heitor Villa-LobosHanning SchroderPierre GabayeWillson Osborne,   ... 
Performer:  Danilo LozanoDavid Muller
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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WIND EFFUSIONS David Muller (bn); 1 Danilo Lozano (fl) 2 CRYSTAL 710 (57:14)


SCHRÖDER Music for Flute and Bassoon. 1,2 VILLA-LOBOS Bachianas brasileiras No. 6. 1,2 GABAYE Sonatine. 1,2 Read more OSBORNE Rhapsody. 1 PIAZZOLLA Etudes tanguistiques: No. 3; No. 6. 2 Jan BACH Music for a Low-Budget Epic. 1,2 BOZZA Sonatine 1,2


This recording might not entirely convince listeners that the combination of flute and bassoon can hold one’s attention for the entire length of a disc or recital, but there is plenty here to enjoy in bits and pieces. David Muller and Danilo Lozano have assembled a program of diverting duos, and like many such works for wind instruments (or strings for that matter), these works are rather modest in scope and ambition. Just two of the seven works are by composers familiar to most listeners. Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas brasileiras No. 6 is the least substantial of the nine works in the composer’s well-known collection that merges the world of Bach with Brazilian folk and popular music. The two short movements are given a stylish and lively reading by Lozano and Muller. Fellow Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla wrote his six Etudes tanguistiques for solo flute near the end of his life, two of which are presented here by Lozano in lithe performances that underline the composer’s melodic gifts and infectious syncopations.


The most ambitious work is Jan Bach’s Music for a Low-Budget Epic , an amusing four-movement piece that pairs piccolo with bassoon. Bach imagines an Ed Wood-like film with a soundtrack that reduces a studio orchestra to two instruments with ranges at opposite ends of the pitch spectrum. The final joke of the prank-filled piece is a concluding unison with the piccolo holding its lowest possible note and the bassoon in its highest range. My description sounds gimmicky, but the composer pulls it off nicely.


I had never heard of Pierre Gabaye before this disc, but the mid-century representative of the Paris Conservatoire-centered group of composers makes a strong impression with his Sonatine, a nicely crafted, airy duo. Eugene Bozza’s work of the same name has similar aims, succeeding as a pleasant and convivial conversation between the two voices. William Osborne’s brief, single movement Rhapsody for solo bassoon is likewise enjoyable, if more somber in tone. The notes describe the lifelong political persecution endured by German composer Hanning Schröder, but give little information regarding his musical influences. Not surprisingly, the specter of Hindemith seems to hover over much of the five short movements that comprise Music for Flute and Bassoon . Though not particularly ambitious, it is one of the better works on the disc.


The two wind players know this literature well, and the recording quality is merely adequate. While this disc is not likely to garner much of an audience beyond the practitioners of the two featured instruments, it achieves its worthy objective with aplomb.


FANFARE: Michael Cameron
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Works on This Recording

1.
Bachianas brasileiras no 6 for Flute and Bassoon by Heitor Villa-Lobos
Performer:  Danilo Lozano (Flute), David Muller (Bassoon)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; Brazil 
Length: 8 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: David Muller.
Liner Note Author: David Muller. 
2.
Music for Flute and Bassoon by Hanning Schroder
Performer:  David Muller (Bassoon), Danilo Lozano (Flute)
Length: 7 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: David Muller.
Liner Note Author: David Muller. 
3.
Sonatine for Flute and Bassoon by Pierre Gabaye
Performer:  David Muller (Bassoon), Danilo Lozano (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 10 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: David Muller.
Liner Note Author: David Muller. 
4.
Rhapsody for Bassoon solo by Willson Osborne
Performer:  David Muller (Bassoon)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: David Muller.
Liner Note Author: David Muller. 
5.
Music for a Low-Budget Epic by Jan Bach
Performer:  David Muller (Bassoon), Danilo Lozano (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 10 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: David Muller.
Liner Note Author: David Muller. 
6.
Sonatine for Flute and Bassoon by Eugène Bozza
Performer:  David Muller (Bassoon), Danilo Lozano (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 7 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: David Muller.
Liner Note Author: David Muller. 
7.
Etudes Tanguistiques (6) for Flute solo: no 4, Lento. Meditativo by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Danilo Lozano (Flute)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1987 
Length: 3 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: David Muller.
Liner Note Author: David Muller. 
8.
Etudes Tanguistiques (6) for Flute solo: no 3, Molto marcato e energico by Astor Piazzolla
Performer:  Danilo Lozano (Flute)
Period: Modern 
Written: 1987 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Producer: David Muller.
Liner Note Author: David Muller. 

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