Sophie Dervaux’s debut album on Berlin Classics is very much in the French tradition. Together with her French colleague, pianist Sélim Mazari, the bassoonist presents works on this concept album Impressions that are by composers of various eras, including Debussy, Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Fauré and Koechlin. The bassoon – unusually – takes the stage as a soloist and so fulfils the purpose that the Vienna Phil bassoonist had in mind: to present the unique singing sound of the instrument and enrich the world of the bassoon in the process.

“A lot of people think of the bassoon as an amusing instrument. But it can be more than just the jolly clown. I wanted to show that it can sound wonderful and sing wonderfully too.”

There is no doubt that Dervaux has proved her point on Impressions. Her repertoire brings together familiar and seldom heard pieces, and at times ushers its audience into a dream world. Among those pieces are Debussy’s Clair de Lune and Beau Soir, illustrating the tonal compass of the bassoon. Sophie Dervaux also presents the Sonata for bassoon and piano in G major, op. 168, written by Camille Saint-Saëns, in his old age. Great phrases and lines flow from Dervaux’s instrument in Fauré’s Après un rêve, and a piece she arranged herself, Pièce en forme d’habanera by Ravel, brings out the almost human voice of the instrument.

These Impressionists are joined by theorist and composer Charles Koechlin with his Sonata, op.71. Going a step further, Reynaldo Hahn’s A Cloris and Roger Boutry’s Interferénces bridge the gap between old and new and introduce jazz influences.

With her new album Impressions, Sophie Dervaux aims to show her audience what is special about the bassoon: its sound, and its virtuosity too.“This instrument means a lot to me,” she says. “It’s my voice. When I make music, I can communicate through it. I’m not a beautiful singer, but with my instrument, I can be. Singing really is the word for it: that’s what I try to do with my playing.”

Making her instrument better known – as a solo instrument as well as in ensemble – is a project dear to the bassoonist’s heart. Sophie Dervaux likes to rediscover old repertoire and write arrangements, but she is also committed to working with living composers. This is her clarion call: “I think it is really important to commission pieces. I have had some really freaky stuff. Time will tell how much of it survives. The important thing is simply to keep writing for the bassoon.”

Impressions Sophie Dervaux & Sélim Mazari

Artist

Sélim Mazari

Composer

Camille Saint-Saëns

Charles Koechlin

Claude Debussy

Gabriel Fauré

Henri Duttilleux

Further information

Genre

Klassik

Publication date:

16.04.2021



Sophie Dervaux’s debut album on Berlin Classics is very much in the French tradition. Together with her French colleague, pianist Sélim Mazari, the bassoonist presents works on this concept album Impressions that are by composers of various eras, including Debussy, Saint-Saëns, Ravel, Fauré and Koechlin. The bassoon – unusually – takes the stage as a soloist and so fulfils the purpose that the Vienna Phil bassoonist had in mind: to present the unique singing sound of the instrument and enrich the world of the bassoon in the process.

“A lot of people think of the bassoon as an amusing instrument. But it can be more than just the jolly clown. I wanted to show that it can sound wonderful and sing wonderfully too.”

There is no doubt that Dervaux has proved her point on Impressions. Her repertoire brings together familiar and seldom heard pieces, and at times ushers its audience into a dream world. Among those pieces are Debussy’s Clair de Lune and Beau Soir, illustrating the tonal compass of the bassoon. Sophie Dervaux also presents the Sonata for bassoon and piano in G major, op. 168, written by Camille Saint-Saëns, in his old age. Great phrases and lines flow from Dervaux’s instrument in Fauré’s Après un rêve, and a piece she arranged herself, Pièce en forme d’habanera by Ravel, brings out the almost human voice of the instrument.

These Impressionists are joined by theorist and composer Charles Koechlin with his Sonata, op.71. Going a step further, Reynaldo Hahn’s A Cloris and Roger Boutry’s Interferénces bridge the gap between old and new and introduce jazz influences.

With her new album Impressions, Sophie Dervaux aims to show her audience what is special about the bassoon: its sound, and its virtuosity too.“This instrument means a lot to me,” she says. “It’s my voice. When I make music, I can communicate through it. I’m not a beautiful singer, but with my instrument, I can be. Singing really is the word for it: that’s what I try to do with my playing.”



Making her instrument better known – as a solo instrument as well as in ensemble – is a project dear to the bassoonist’s heart. Sophie Dervaux likes to rediscover old repertoire and write arrangements, but she is also committed to working with living composers. This is her clarion call: “I think it is really important to commission pieces. I have had some really freaky stuff. Time will tell how much of it survives. The important thing is simply to keep writing for the bassoon.”

Tracklist - These are the tracks you will hear on the album

Impressions
Sophie Dervaux & Sélim Mazari
1 Sonata for Bassoon and Piano in G Major, Op. 168: I. Allegro moderato 
2 Sonata for Bassoon and Piano in G Major, Op. 168: II. Allegretto scherzando
3 Sonata for Bassoon and Piano in G Major, Op. 168: III. Molto adagio
4 Sonata for Bassoon and Piano in G Major, Op. 168: IV. Allegro moderato
5 À Chloris (Arr. for Bassoon and Piano)
6 Pièce en forme d'Habanera (Arr. for Bassoon and Piano)
7 Trois mélodies, Op. 7, No. 1: Après un rêve (Arr. for Bassoon and Piano)
8 Suite bergamasque, L.75: III. Clair de Lune (Arr. for Bassoon and Piano)
9 Beau soir (Arr. for Bassoon and Piano)
10 Sonata, Op. 71: I. Andante moderato - Allegro scherzando
11 Sonata, Op. 71: II. Nocturne
12 Sonata, Op. 71: III. Allegro
13 Sarabande et cortège
14 Interférences

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Sophie Dervaux - Après un rêve | Op. 7, no. 1 - Gabriel Fauré (Official Music Video)
Sophie Dervaux -  Sonata, op. 168: II. Allegretto scherzando - Saint-Saëns (Official Music Video)
Sophie Dervaux - Beau soir I L.6 - Claude Debussy (Offizielles Music Video)
Sophie Dervaux - Impressions (Official Album Trailer) w/ Sélim Mazari
Sophie Dervaux - Hummel: Grand Concerto in F Major: I. Allegro moderato (Teaser)
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