After hearing Castèréde's Fantasy Concertante for Bass Trombone, Tuba or Bass Saxhorn and Piano, the realisation that his music remains in the shadows of his French contemporaries is one that is hard to fathom. Should you be a fan of Messiaen, then Castèréde's Fantasy Concertante is one for you.
Having won prizes in Piano, chamber music, harmony, composition, analysis and aesthetics in music whilst studying at Paris Conservatoire, it is not surprising that the composer's Fantasy Concertante for bass Brass instruments and Piano is full of musically appealing features. Elements include exquisite use of brass technique, exploiting tonality, and clever uses of shared melody between the solo instrument and Piano accompaniment. From furious semiquaver passages to luscious melodies, Fantasy Concertante provides an enjoyable listen and a fun piece to learn for all bass trombonists, Tuba players and bass saxhornists.