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Something different--21st Century Bassoon Concertos

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Posted on January 2, 2017 at 20:19:40
srl1
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Based on earlier comments, some folks would like more "out there" musical offerings. I hereby present two bassoon concertos by Fagerlund and Aho on a BIS SACD with Bram van Sambeek as the bassoonist and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra with Okko Kamu conducting the Fagerlund and Dima Slobodeniouk conducting the Aho. There are also two solo pieces for bassoon, one by each composer. The concertos were written in the 21st century. If you want to hear what a bassoon can really do besides the Sorcerer's Apprentice, these pieces will amaze you. And the concertos are fairly easy to get into with lots of percussion and brass. The cadenza in the Aho concerto requires the soloist to "sing" into the bassoon while playing it! The solo pieces are a little too esoteric for me, but I might give them a try again later. Great BIS sound.





Something a little more mainstream, but unusual for my tastes, is this Mozart Mass with Suzuki and his Bach Collegium Japan on another BIS SACD. If you like his Bach cantatas, you'll really like this. Beautifully recorded with sharp lively singing and playing. A bonus is a performance of the Exsultate, Jubilate with Carolyn Sampson, soprano solo.








I also want to mention the best Christmas present I got this year. My son bought me this Semyon Bychkov set. Twenty-one discs of previously released Philips recordings that are mostly new to me. From the booklet I found out he is married to Marielle Labeque. That might explain his recordings with the Labeque sisters! I've only started this one, but it looks to be fun.

 

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Thanks for the Aho and Mozart rec's, posted on January 2, 2017 at 21:06:38
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Aho's orchestral color and musical imagination is amazing. His is one Bassoon concerto in which I think I'd be interested.

I know Mozart's Great Mass via Jochum's on DGG. I find the music easier to warm up to than the Requiem, but don't tell anybody. : )

Choral singing remain clean and clear?

 

Yes. nt, posted on January 3, 2017 at 06:11:22
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RE: Yes. nt, posted on January 6, 2017 at 14:48:04
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Good find! Aho does indeed know how to write for the bassoon and all of his music is well worth exploring, in my opinion. I have wanted to produce one of his operas but could not find the money, unfortunately.

Long time Stereophile readers may remember Lewis Lipnik who is one of the world's leading contrabassoonists. He commissioned a contrabassoon concerto from Aho some years ago which was also released on the Bis label.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-Z2wmor3hg


 

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