Novelette: French Recital Music for Bassoon & Piano

Timothy McGovern (bassoon), Cara Chowning (piano)

Catalog #: TROY1799
Release Date: December 1, 2019
Format: Digital

This recording covers more than 60 years of compositions and contains some of the very best French music for bassoon and piano. All but two of the composers were born in France and the two that were not (Tansman and Mihalovici) were profoundly influenced by French music and lived the majority of their lives in France. Bassooist Timothy McGovern is on the faculty at the University of Illinois, in addition to serviing as principal basson of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Chamber Orchestra, Champaign-Urbana Sympony Orchestra, as well as being a member of the Prairie Winds Woodwind Quintet. The receipient of numerous awards and honors, McGovern's discography includes more than 30 recordings of orchestral, chamber music, and solo repertoire. Pianist Cara Chowning is on the faculty at Ball State University and has a very active career as a pianist and music director.


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Title Composer Performer
Andante Eugène Bourdeau Timothy McGovern (bassoon); Cara Chowning (piano)
Recit, Sicilienne et Rondo Eugène Bozza Timothy McGovern (bassoon); Cara Chowning (piano)
Andante, molto moderato Adrien Barthe Timothy McGovern (bassoon); Cara Chowning (piano)
Suite pour Bassoon Alexandre Tansman Timothy McGovern (bassoon); Cara Chowning (piano)
Pièce en Forme de Habanera Maurice Ravel Timothy McGovern (bassoon); Cara Chowning (piano)
Recit et Allegro Noël Gallon Timothy McGovern (bassoon); Cara Chowning (piano)
Novelette Marcel Mihalovici Timothy McGovern (bassoon); Cara Chowning (piano)
Concertpiece, op. 35 Gabriel Pierné Timothy McGovern (bassoon); Cara Chowning (piano)
Mouvement de Sicilienne Philippe Gaubert Timothy McGovern (bassoon); Cara Chowning (piano)
Cantilene et Rondeau, op. 73 Henri Busser Timothy McGovern (bassoon); Cara Chowning (piano)
Sicilienne et Allegro Giocoso Gabriel Grovlez Timothy McGovern (bassoon); Cara Chowning (piano)
Première Solo Eugène Bourdeau Timothy McGovern (bassoon); Cara Chowning (piano)


  • "We rarely think of the bassoon as a bel canto instrument, but the finest bassoonists do. David McGill, now retired principal bassoon of the Chicago Symphony, proudly stated that his musical idol was Maria Callas, and his playing reflected that taste. The same can be said for Timothy McGovern. At the core of his playing is his ability to produce a long-spun cantabile, a true singing line. He also possesses a brilliant technique This disc should appeal to an audience well beyond bassoonists or woodwind players."

    – Fanfare

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