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Boston Symphony mourns 40-year bassoon

Music / Classical : Slipped Disc

The death has been announced of Richard E. Plaster, who played bassoon and contrabassoon in the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Pops for 40 years. Richard, who was in his 80s, studied at Juilliard with Simon Kovar. After U.S. A...

Bonus Friday Videos Love Bassoons!

Entertainment / Books : Smart Bitches, Trashy Books

by SB Sarah From Pam G. comes this awesomeness. Suppose you were a bassoon quartet. If you were as fantastic as these ladies, you'd call yourselves "The Breaking Wind Bassoon Quartet." Because how could you not? And what would you d...

CD of the week: Vivaldi bassoon concerti

Music / Classical : The Rest Is Noise

The first movement of Vivaldi's Bassoon Concerto in F, RV 490, from Concerti per fagotto, vol. 2; Sergio Azzolini, bassoon, with L'Aura Soave Cremona (Naïve).

Just in: Chicago locks down Atlanta’s kid bassoon

Music / Classical : Slipped Disc

Keith Buncke (r.) is the new Principal Bassoon of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, starting July 6, 2015. Buncke, 22, was appointed principal bassoon of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra last year while still a student at the Curtis Ins...

The Art of the Bassoon

Music / Classical : Planet Hugill

In 2014 Heritage Records released the 1987 recording of Andrzej Panufnik's Concerto for Bassoon made by bassoonist Robert Thompson. Now Heritage have returned to the bassoon with The Art of the Bassoon, a four-disc set of Robert Tho...


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