BBC MUSIC, RECORDING OF THE MONTH

From Classical Music/BBC Music by Kate Wakeling 

“Among many highlights, Carnival (2022) also stands out, framed here as a concerto for bassoon ‘locking horns’ with a wind ensemble. Soloist Nadina Mackie Jackson gives an especially rollicking performance and her strident solo line is met with stinging retorts from SUNY Fredonia Wind Ensemble (conducted with flair by Paula Holcomb) in this exhilaratingly spiky work.”May 14, 2024

CARNIVAL was written for me by the incredible American composer, Augusta Read Thomas in 2022. We premiered and recorded the work in the spring of 2022, in the midst of covid (I caught covid during the recording sessions) and it was released on all streaming platforms in January 2023. Then it was recently released in 2024 on a new album of Augusta Read Thomas’ recent works, Terpischore’s Box of Dreams which is the BBC Music Magazine’s Recording of the Month. Thrilled to see this review of a joyful, pedal-to-the-metal, non-stop,12-tone jazz romp that is very demanding and very rewarding. The whole alum is magnificent and features some astoundingly good wind playing.

LINK TO PDF OF REVIEW

 

 

Nadina, Augusta and Paula, world premiere of CARNIVAL 2022
Augusta Read Thomas