The Playful Pachyderm
Classic miniatures for basson and orchestra

This joyous new disc takes us deep into the wondrous world of ‘all-things bassoon’—original pieces, arrangements time-tested and well loved, and new versions for the instrument of old favourites.

Longfellow described the bassoon as ‘a distant voice in the darkness’—Laurence Perkins takes up the challenge in his arrangements of wordless songs by Fauré and Ravel; folk song finds its place—a nod to the instrument’s distinguished ancestry dating all the way back to the medieval period; and humour, of course, is never far away—the bassoon is after all (to paraphrase Ashlyn’s bizarre dialogue between voice and bassoon) an instrument as much suited to the innuendo-laden serenading of one’s lover as to the killing of rodents …

CDA67453  68 minutes 14 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 playi ...
‘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 ar ...