Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet / City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Voyage of a Sea-God

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Voyage of a Sea-God Review

by James Manheim

After more than four decades as the principal bassoonist of the Manchester Camerata, Laurence Perkins has earned the right to record whatever he wants, and here are the glorious results. "Voyage of a Sea-God" is an epigraph from the poet and critic Sacheverell Sitwell, and the album delivers exactly what's promised, a musical journey through the 20th century with the bassoon as leader. The journey begins in 1900 with Richard Henry Walthew's Introduction and Allegro, and ends in 1999, with David Bedford's Dreams of Stac Pollaidh, for solo bassoon. Along the way are solo works, pieces accompanied by chamber ensembles, and concertos. There are world premieres and there are pieces by familiar composers (the Saint-Saëns Bassoon Sonata, Op. 168, is an especially delicious find), but there isn't a single item that could be called common, and listeners wondering whether Perkins can really find two CDs' worth of worthwhile material are in for a realignment of their thinking. The technical challenges don't bother him, and better still, his sense of humor is pitch-perfect at such moments as the deployment of the Dies irae in the Incidental Music from Macbeth of Granville Bantock. Listen and enjoy.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 05:40 Amazon
2 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 02:48 Amazon
Bassoon Sonata in G major Op. 168
3 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 02:52 Amazon
4 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 04:15 Amazon
5 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 06:23 Amazon
Incidental Music from Macbeth
6 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 02:54 Amazon
7 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 03:47 Amazon
Threnody and Scherzo
8 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 11:17 Amazon
9 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 06:54 Amazon
Bassoon Sonata
10 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 02:12 Amazon
11 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 06:24 Amazon
Quartettino for four bassoons
12 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 01:15 Amazon
13 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 01:29 Amazon
14 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 00:57 Amazon
15 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 01:13 Amazon
Sarabande et Cortège
16 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 02:41 Amazon
17 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 05:03 Amazon
18 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 02:00 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Concertino for bassoon and string orchestra
1 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 05:39 Amazon
2 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 05:52 Amazon
3 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 05:07 Amazon
Caliban and Ariel
4 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 02:46 Amazon
5 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 04:21 Amazon
Concerto for bassoon and small orchestra
6 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 01:51 Amazon
7 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 05:12 Amazon
8 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 02:55 Amazon
9 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 10:13 Amazon
10 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 02:07 Amazon
11 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 03:45 Amazon
12 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 01:39 Amazon
Bassoon Sonata
13 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 06:25 Amazon
14 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 05:01 Amazon
15 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 06:04 Amazon
16 City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Laurence Perkins / Carducci String Quartet 05:07 Amazon
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