Schumann - Romances
with Jeffrey Sykes, piano
Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society
Spring Green, WI
June 17, 2018
recorded by Audio for the Arts
Olga Neuwirth - Torsion: transparent variation
James Baker, conductor
Adrian Morejon, bassoon
Bohemian National Hall
May 24, 2011
"Morejon proved a strong anchor with very solid playing and smooth phrasing..."
- Geraldine Freedman, The Daily Gazette. Dorian Wind Quintet. Troy, NY
"Woodwinds welcomed new member Adrian Morejon whose clear-throated bassoon waxed eloquent along with Bob’s fine pianism..."
- David Patterson, The Boston Musical Intelligencer. Radius Ensemble. Boston, MA
"A particular delight of the evening, Poulenc's Trio for oboe, bassoon, and piano featured a dynamic and polished performance from Keisuke Wakao (oboe), Adrian Morejon (bassoon), and Randall Hodgkinson (piano).
In the first movement, Wakao and Morejon traded running passages with breathtaking agility in the peppery Presto. Hodgkinson answered with subtle, frolicking touch at the keyboard. The second movement beamed from Wakao's gorgeous singing tone, which Morejon readily matched. And the trio kept the music bouncing throughout the witty finale."
- Aaron Keebaugh, Boston Classical Review. Boston Chamber Music Society. Boston, MA
"Richard Strauss' brief Duo Concertino for clarinet and bassoon was the centerpiece on this chamber orchestra program... Nuno Antunes' sweet, resonant clarinet soared in long arcs of melody and exhibited bright agility in the dance like Rondo finale. Adrian Morejon's warm, plangent bassoon sonority was particularly impressive in the long spun arioso of the central Andante. The two instrumentalists' combined timbres were beguiling in duet passages."
- Lawrence Budman, The Miami Herald. Miami Symphony. Miami, FL
"Frank Martin's 1949 piece Concerto for Seven Wind Instruments, Percussion and Strings was a bracing work of vigor and nuance, brought to life by several solos from orchestra members. Each performed with that beguiling combination of control and intelligence, coaxing remarkable beauty from each instrument... It's worth mentioning the players: Todd Skitch on flute, Richard Dallessio on oboe, Bill Kalinkos on clarinet, Adrian Morejon on bassoon, Kristi Crago on French horn, Louis Hanzlik on trumpet, R. Douglas Wright on trombone and Brian Kushmaul on percussion."
- John W. Sparks, The Commercial Appeal. IRIS Orchestra. Germantown, TN
"A concerto for bassoon with small ensemble (including electronic playback), Neuwirth's piece [Torsion] was incredibly refreshing and felt the most different from the rest of the pieces on the program. The bassoon writing is incredible, and bassoonist Adrian Morejon's virtuosic performance was unbelievable... Torsion marked a perfect ending to the evening."
- Sam Riesing, I Care If You Listen. Talea Ensemble. Contempuls Festival. La Fabrika, Prague, Czech Republic.
"The virtuosic bassoon bassoon work of the young Adrian Morejon was a highlight of the evening, beginning with his performance on the piece In Nacht und Eis (In Night and Ice) (2006)... this piece was well-executed by both Morejon and Chris Gross (cello)...
...the ensemble's tight precision, with James Baker conducting, allowed the bassoon soloist Adrian Morejon to shine on the final piece, Torsion: transparent variation (2001) for bassoon solo, ensemble and CD. This piece truly stretches the limits of extended techniques on the bassoon, but does so in a coherent way that adds depth to the tonal possibilities of a chamber ensemble. Morejon adeptly navigated the extremes of circular breathing, subtones, split tones and running passages that leap from low to high registers and back again."
- Caitlin Smith, I Care If You Listen. Talea Ensemble. Wien Modern. Konzerthaus, Vienna, Austria.
"In their prominent roles, Palmer and Morejon were excellent, as was Funahashi, acting often as the rhythm section. This was, in fact, one of the best and most persuasively rendered performances of Appalachian Spring that we can remember; a great way to end the season."
- Vance R. Koven, The Boston Music Intelligencer. Portland Chamber Music Festival. Abromson Center, Portland, ME.
"Adrian Morejon's bassoon solo, beginning in the penthouse and ending in the basement, was note-perfect."
- Dorothy Hindman, South Florida Classical Review. Miami Symphony Orchestra. Gusman Concert Hall, Miami, FL
"A ring modulator's sonorous distortions turned "In Nacht und Eis" (2006), a duo for bassoon and cello, into a nightmarish litany of groans and howls. The bassoonist Adrian Morejon and the cellist Chris Gross played with teeming energy and precise control."
- Steve Smith, New York Times. Talea Ensemble. Bohemian National Hall, New York, NY.
"Harold Meltzer's Full Faith and Credit brought two bassoons into the spotlight, something that doesn't happen every day, but bassoonists Ronald Haroutunian and Adrian Morejon sounded very refined and natural as soloists."
- Linda Kernohan, Miss Music Nerd. Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Jordan Hall, Boston, MA.
"Soloists Ronald Haroutunian and Adrian Morejon were soulful and deadpan by turn, every note varnished to a high gloss."
- Matthew Guerrieri, Boston Globe. Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Jordan Hall, Boston, MA.
"The second half opened with bassoonist, Adrian Morejon playing Vivaldi's Allegro from Concerto in E for Bassoon, KV 191 (186e). Executing a refreshing shift in tone, Morejon captured Vivaldi's joyfulness so perfectly it was the happiest piece on the program."
- Holly Saks, Bedford-Katonah Patch. Bedford Chamber Concerts. St. Matthew's Church, Bedford, NY.
"...Adrian Morejon gave a clinic in power and precision on bassoon, tackling all sorts of challenging staccato passages with fire and aplomb."
- delarue, Lucid Culture. Sospiro Winds. Music Mondays. Advent Lutheran Church, New York, NY.
"Jeffrey Reinhardt, oboist; Emi Ferguson, flutist; Moran Katz, clarinetist; and Adrian Morejon, bassoonist, illuminated the intricacies and moods of each section with flair..."
- Vivien Schweitzer, New York Times. Juilliard 40th Anniversary Concert. Paul Hall, New York, NY.
Harold Meltzer - Full Faith and Credit
double concerto for 2 bassoons, I. Rugged
Boston Modern Orchestra Project - Jordan Hall
Gil Rose, conductor
Ronald Haroutunian, Adrian Morejon, bassoons
J.S. Bach - Aria from Goldberg Variations (arr. by Henry Brant)
Dorian Wind Quintet
Brooklyn Public Library
April 10, 2016
J.S. Bach - Sarabande from Bach Cello Suite no. 2 in d minor
Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society
June 20, 2020