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

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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

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Lee G. Koss

Bassonatics
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.
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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!
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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...
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Harry

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!!!!
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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.
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GREAT CD!
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
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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!
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