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Ivan March
Gramophone, March 2015

This remarkable anthology comes from Rui Lopes, a highly musical and virtuoso bassoonist whom the English Chamber Orchestra accompany most sensitively. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim
The New York Times, January 2015

The richly gifted bassoonist Rui Lopes presents a deliciously varied and entertaining sample of his art in this recording of concertos by Mozart and Vivaldi and works for bassoon and string orchestra: Villa-Lobos’s rustic “Ciranda das Sete Notas,” Jean Françaix’s bubbling “Divertissement” and Elgar’s “Romance” in a luscious arrangement by Mr. Lopes. © 2015 The New York Times

David Schwartz
American Record Guide, November 2014

This is a great program with a fantastic bassoonist. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Lawrence Schenbeck
PS Audio, October 2014

Mr. Lopes…makes…[the] instrument do whatever needs to be done, and more. Together with the English Chamber Orchestra, he creates lyric poetry, dry humor, passionate longing, dance tableaux—you name it.

I loved this recording. Strongly recommended. © 2014 PS Audio Read complete review, September 2014

Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto, with cadenzas by Lopes himself, is the centerpiece of the CD, played with verve and a fine sense of ensemble and fully exploring the bassoon’s varied moods, from the virtuosic to the comedic. What is more interesting about this CD than the time span is the way in which the works frequently showcase the bassoon’s thoughtful and poetic potential rather than the amusingly bubbly sound with which it is more-often identified. The Elgar is the clearest example of this, but there are elements of this sort of sensitivity in all the works here, and Lopes’ warmth and fine breath control make his instrument’s emotive capabilities very clear indeed. © 2014 Read complete review

James Manheim, August 2014

…what’s impressive is not simply the breadth of the program but Lopes’ facility in a great variety of bassoon sounds. He excels in the bruising virtuosity of Vivaldi’s Bassoon Concerto in C major, RV 472, the delicate melodicism of the young Mozart, the broad conceits of the little-known Romance for bassoon and orchestra, Op. 62, by Elgar, and the gentle exoticism of Villa-Lobos. With all the other masterly playing involved, it’s a must-have for anyone who likes the bassoon. © 2014 Read complete review

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