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Saint-Saens Op. 168 Video

December 26, 2018

“I loathe sentimentality, and it’s name is Saint-Saens.” – Claude Debussy

Relax, dude. Your music is good, too.

Sometimes you just have to give it up for a good piece of music, and this is one of those times. The Sonata for Bassoon and Piano, Op. 168, is a great piece. All 3 movements are great. One major difference between Bassoon and cello is that Bassoon can play a low B -flat, whereas cello in it’s standard tuning goes as low as the C above that. Regrettably, the 2nd and 3rd movements of this piece go lower than that C, but the 1st (and also my favorite) movement falls into the cello’s range perfectly. Here is a video of the up-and-coming young pianist, Anastasia Reshetikhin, and me, playing the 1st movement:

Recorded and filmed at 25th St. Studios in Oakland, CA, by Jamie Freeman Turner.

Listen to a discussion between Anastasia and me here:

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