Basson Images from the Americas

Benjamin Coelho (bassoon), Tadeu Coelho (flute), Daniel Moore (percussion), Adam Grosso (percussion), William LaRue Jones (bassoon)

Catalog #: TROY0608
Release Date: January 1, 2004
Format: Digital

Since 1998, Benjamin Coelho has been a member of the University of Iowa's School of Music faculty, where he directs the bassoon studio. As a founding member of the Manhattan Wind Quintet, Mr. Coelho performed numerous recitals and concert tours throughout the United States. He has commissioned, performed, and recorded many works by American and Latin American composers, some of which are included on this recording. Before coming to Iowa, Mr. Coelho was the Vice-Dean and Bassoon Professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (Brazil). He also worked extensively as a performer in his native Brazil, holding principal positions with symphony orchestras in Rio de Janeiro, Campinas, and Belo Horizonte. In the United States, Mr. Coelho has played with the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony, and the Camerata Chamber Orchestra. Currently, he performs as the principal bassoon with the Cedar Rapids Symphony and the Iowa Woodwind Quintet. He is also a member of the Wizards, A Double Reed Consort. Mr. Coelho received degrees from Tatui Conservatory (Brazil), Purchase College and the Manhattan School of Music, and is working on his Doctorate of Music at Indiana University.


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Track Listing

Title Composer Performer
Bachianas Brasileiras No. 6 Heitor Villa-Lobos Benjamin Coelho, bassoon, Tadeu Coelho, flute
Blow, for solo bassoon Amelia Kaplan Benjamin Coelho, bassoon
Responsorio in memorian Rodolfo Halffter Mario Lavista Benjamin Coelho, bassoon, Daniel Moore & Adam Grosso, percussion
Etude No. 5 John Steinmetz Benjamin Coelho, bassoon
Pre-images for bassoon and tape Lawrence Fritts Benjamin Coelho, bassoon
Cantares para Airton Barbosa Aylton Escobar Benjamin Coelho, bassoon
Sonata No. 1 for Two Bassoons Francisco Mignone Benjamin Coelho, bassoon, William Jones, bassoon


  • "Ben Coelho is one of the finest bassoonists of this young generation!"

    – International Double Reed Society

  • "With character, vitality, and altogether victorious playing, Benjamin Coelho has assembled a repertoire...that he and his audience can relate to and learn from. ... I recommend this warmly."

    – American Record Guide

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