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"Finally! A CD from one of this generation's greatest bassoonists!! One word can suffice for a review: WOW!!"
Ronald Klimko, The Double Reed
Boston Symphony Orchestra bassoonist, Richard Ranti's first solo album, this CD features the bassoon in the flattering company of strings. It contains a diverse repertoire: The romantic Villa-Lobos Ciranada das Sete Notas, the plaintive Vaughan Williams Six Studies on English Folksong, to Lighter moments with the Francaix Divertissment and Devienne Quartet. A wonderful Quartet By Bernard Garfield will surprise all who didn't know he is as gifted with composition as with the bassoon
photo: Lou Jones
Richard Ranti, studied with Sidney Rosenberg, David Carroll, Robert Barris, and Sol Schoenbach. While a student at the Curtis Institute, he was the recipient of two Canada Council Grants, won second prize in the Toulon International Bassoon Competition, and was a winner of the New York Philharmonic Concerto Competition. He attended the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Marlboro Festival, Spoleto Festival, and the Berkshire Music Festival. Prior to joining the Boston Symphony in 1989, he was second bassoonist of the Philadelphia Orchestra for five years and Acting Associate for one year. Mr. Ranti is on the faculties of Boston University School For The Arts and New England Conservatory.
To hear a complete performance of Richard at the age of 17 click here: Weber Hungarian Andante and Rondo for an MP3 sample (8.77mb)
Formed in 1997, The Walden Chamber Players is comprised of twelve musicians from prestigious ensembles such as the Boston Symphony, the Boston Pops, the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna State Opera, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the National Symphony and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Under the direction of Christof Huebner, it performs a wide ranging repertoire in various combinations of string, piano and wind ensembles in New England and in leading festivals throughout the United States and abroad.
"...bassoonist Richard Ranti ravished the senses like the sudden scent of night-blooming flowers."
-Susan Larson, The Boston Globe
"... Ranti seemed to have limitless reserves of breath and he played the long register-spanning phrases with real finesse and character"
-Richard Dyer, The Boston Globe
"He played with such ease, warmth, and mellifluousness..."
-Andrew Pinkus, The Berkshire Eagle
"...superb, colourful bassoon playing."
Tamara Berstein, Toronto Globe and Mail