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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67453
Recording details: July 2003
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Will Brown & Simon Eadon
Release date: November 2004
Total duration: 5 minutes 6 seconds

'… one of the jolliest CDs to have crossed my desk in ages … the indefatigable Perkins has assembled some genuine rarities for our delight' (The Mail on Sunday)

'Perkins is a compelling advocate of the instrument, not only in his painstaking work as orchestrator and arranger, and his enthusiastic and well-researched booklet notes, but most of all in his playing … This is a delightful disc which will be of interest to a much wider audience than merely the bassoon-crazy' (International Record Review)

'Perkins is an excellent bassoonist who managed to collect some interesting and unusual pieces for his instrument, arranging others himself. His enthusiasm for the repertoire and the bassoon itself are immediately apparent. He plays with a spontaneity that makes us entirely forget technique, so that we never feel like we are witnessing a feat of bravura. His beautiful sound and effortless dexterity all work towards making the music gently caress the ear' (Fanfare, USA)

'I admire Perkins' playing very much; it is expressive and highly polished' (Classical Music Web)

'The playing here is not just comical (where required), it's also very beautiful—a lovely example of music-making' (Manchester Evening News)

Mein Teddybär 'My teddy bear, Polka'
composer

Introduction
The charming concert polka Mein Teddybär (‘My Teddy Bear’) is the best-known work by the composer and violinist Johann Wilhelm Ganglberger, who was born near Vienna and studied orchestration with Richard Heuberger and conducting with Carl Ziehrer. He went on to direct numerous Viennese orchestras from the violin, and was eventually appointed as Orchestra Director at Radio Wien in 1925, by which time he had become very popular with the Viennese musical public.

from notes by Laurence Perkins © 2004

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