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Obscure bassoon piece

In a recent email from Naxos there was a featured album of bassoon and orchestra pieces by some of the great composers, some of whom were not known for bassoon or  orchestral pieces: Such as Verdi, Puccini and Paganini. This third movement from Puccini’s Bassoon Concerto is certainly no master work – but a charming little piece nonetheless! Enjoy

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My first post in a while! Hope you enjoy it


An Opera challenge! Opera/Vocal Puccini

Opera. I still don’t like it – but here’s my wifes’ challenge!

My wife says; HOW could you not love this? (O Mio Babbino Caro by Puccini) And I say … well – I guess I do – a little bit! (*uTube link)

BUT – a BIG BUT! … I feel the emotional power much more from the Orchestral version.


Done to death but still irresistible Puccini Rachmaninoff

Done to Death but still Irresistible

Hijacked by car ads, Hollywood tearjerkers and Muzac/elevator music; they remain eternally and universally appealing!

Rachmaninoff – Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini. Heaps of these versions on a “theme by Paganini” by a number of Interperters and Composers. I like this particular one by Rachmaninoff /Performed by  John Barry from “Somewhere in Time” – The movie.



What can you say?! Puccini’s O Mio Bambino Caro (from the movie A room with a view)



Not sure if this is the best version (by the St. Louis Symphony) – But it’s good enough!

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