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by The Caliban Quartet

Eclectic selections from classical, world and jazz genres played with virtuosity and flair by the best bassoon quartet going.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Gershwin Prelude #1
1:35 album only
2. Gershwin Prelude #2
3:19 album only
3. Gershwin Prelude #3
1:23 album only
4. Brahms Waltz Op.39 #1
0:54 album only
5. Brahms Waltz #2
1:27 album only
6. Brahms Waltz #3
1:17 album only
7. Brahms Waltz #4
0:27 album only
8. Brahms Waltz #5
1:32 album only
9. Brahms Waltz #6
0:54 album only
10. Brahms Waltz #7
1:36 album only
11. Brahms Waltz #8
1:29 album only
12. Sibelius Tempest: Prospero
1:13 album only
13. Sibelius Tempest: Ariel
0:59 album only
14. Sibelius Tempest: Miranda
1:49 album only
15. Sibelius Tempest: Caliban
1:15 album only
16. Hahn: L'ange verrier
3:10 album only
17. Hahn: Faunesse dansante
1:31 album only
18. Hahn: Les noces du Duc de Joyeuse
2:15 album only
19. Clarke: Madrigal
3:05 album only
20. Sibelius Sonatine op.67: Allegro
2:33 album only
21. Sibelius Sonatine: Largo
2:55 album only
22. Sibelius Sonatine: Allegro moderato
1:47 album only
23. Mozart: Gigue, K.574
1:45 album only
24. Anderson: Bassoonist's Holiday
1:51 album only
25. Gershwin: I Got Rhythm
1:25 album only
27. Ellington: Caravan
3:20 album only
28. Lennon & McCartney: Oh! Darling
3:29 album only
29. Stravinsky: Tango
2:54 album only
30. Welsh: Tango
4:12 album only
31. Weill: Youkali
3:06 album only
32. Piazzolla: Tango
5:49 album only
33. Douglas: Azure
1:53 album only


Album Notes
The Caliban Quartet is surprising audiences everywhere with their unique combination of good humour, eclectic programming and virtuosic playing. Though bassoonists love this group, other listeners are delighted with the variety and exuberance they hear. Constantly on the prowl for unusual and exciting music, Caliban performs original compositions and their own arrangements of everything from Renaissance religious music to world music, jazz, and tangos.

The Quartet is made up of four of Canada's leading bassoonists from the Toronto and Vancouver Symphony Orchestras.

Here are some quotes from nice folks who liked BassOOnatics!:

"I was so delighted I listened to all 71 minutes and 12 seconds in one go. [The Calibanians] are crack players.... Their ensemble and intonation are most impressive.... If I may liken sound quality to food, the Caliban's dark, chocolaty, nutty texture is a guaranteed stress chaser."
-- David Lasker in The Globe and Mail, April 9, 1998

"Virtuoso and expressive playing....Bassoonists, of course, will love this disc, but anyone else with an ear for the offbeat will also enjoy this combination of high spirits and highly expert playing."
-- Scott Paterson in "Classical Music Magazine" Fall, 1998

"This is simply wonderful music, ranging from jazzy to comical to awesome. It is also rather dangerous and subversive in as much as it may just bring back the idea that excellent musicianship should, theoretically, play an important role in music."
-- Rob Campbell in "What's on Queen", July 10, 1998

"That's the way I like my bassoons.... A great deal of fun!"
-- Jurgen Gothe, DiscDrive, CBC Radio, December 3, 1997

"The playing is superb and light-hearted at the same time, with intelligent programming and well-crafted arrangements."
-- The Double Reed, Journal of the International Double Reed Society, Vol.21, No.1, 1998

"I enjoyed this disc... There's a lot of fun here. The light, entertaining tone is all through the liner notes, and you can hear it through the CD.... It's a nice choice of material, well-arranged, well-played, and well-recorded. It gets the full 5 stars."
-- Rick Phillips, Sound Advice, CBC Radio, November 30, 1997

"Very elegant.... The concert stood out for engaging programming and superlative playing... The interpretations were entirely convincing."
-- Elissa Poole in The Globe and Mail, February 10, 1997

"...played with verve and versatility.... Engaging introductions to the pieces kept the audience primed for entertainment. But the first-rate technique, musicality and inventive programming... kept the chuckles between numbers and the musical expectations on a higher plane."
-- Elissa Poole, The Globe and Mail, June 6, 1995

"So that's what a bassoon sounds like!"
-- James Wallenberg, Violinist, Toronto Symphony Orchestra

"There have been other bassoon quartets and ensembles, but I've never heard one that sounds as fine as the Caliban. Excellent intonation, brilliant technique, a variety of repertoire, lots of expression, all in all a first-rate group... I'm truly impressed."
-- Bernard Garfield, Principal Bassoon, The Philadelphia Orchestra

"The most uplifting and exciting music for bassoons I have ever heard."
--Michael McCraw, Principal Bassoon, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

"You guys are terrific. It is super playing, and makes even this minor work sound great. Thank you."
-- John Corigliano, American composer



to write a review

Lee G. Koss

I recently selected this delightful CD as part of a graduate project. As a flautist, I really did not know much about the capabilities of the bassoon. I am very impressed by the playing level of the performers. The terrific original bassoon quartet selections and wonderful arrangements of familiar and not so familiar selections (by two of the performers) result in an enjoyable and listening experience.

John Chon

Nothing short of amazing!
A great CD. The performance is flawless, the arrangements are delightfully clever, and the choice of music is right on. Even for non-bassoonists, this CD is a must-have!

Peter Harris

A great discovery
A fantastic album that will entertain non-bassoon players enourmously. For basson players it is truly inspirational - I haven't stopped playing it since receipt...


A must buy!!
This is a fantastic CD that will make you cry or clik your fingers and even laugh. The compositions are original, elegant, jazzy and full of energy and delivered in a way that will keep you back for more. A must buy!!!!

Now, THAT'S bassooning! Bassoonist's Holiday is amazing. Who needs a bugle?
Outstanding bassooning. If it wasn't a verb before, Bassoonatics has certainly created the need for it.
Such clever variations on well-known pieces, executed with flair and precision.

Im so glad i got the chance to see the quartet in a live concert. Thier preformances are just so amazing. Thier CD's are perfect. I really cant wait for thier next CD!...and the one after that...:D
I love the Caliban Quartet

Marion Holland

English instrumentalist and composer
Such truly wonderful playing and really inspiring sound is just breathtaking. You are all amazing musicians - thank you for this super music!