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Lyndon Watts’s contribution to the Savary celebration is an amazing CD in terms of the musicality and proficiency of the performers. ... The first and last pieces featured ... give Mr. Watts the occasion to show his exceptional mastery of the instrument, displaying a dynamic range rarely heard on bassoon recordings, fast fingers, quick tongue, and an utterly satisfying understanding of the bravura style. The slow free introduction is played with perfect timing and an attractive wide variety of tone colors. The cantabile sections have all the smoothness one could ask for and the fast flashy passages are just as effective thanks to the outstanding virtuosity of Mr. Watts. ... Early music performers familiar with the challenges offered by period instruments will be flabbergasted by Mr. Watts’ technically and musically brilliant performance. As for modern players, this album is a very convincing testimony of what these instruments can do when put in skillful hands and will help to put an end to the myth that instruments have “progressed” over the centuries.
Marc Vallon, The Double Reed
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