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Contemporary Bassoon Works - Westby, Etc / Hannevold, Et Al


Release Date: 11/29/2005 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 784   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  David MaslankaOivind WestbyJames Lassen
Performer:  Torleif TorgersenPer Hannevold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Chamber Ensemble
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Bassoonist Per Hannevold inspired three divergent works for his instrument from the composers assembled for this collection. David Maslanka's Sonata for Bassoon and Piano presents an unusually lyrical side of the instrument, with tender and touching themes in the first two movements, while the finale gallops along in the manner of Shostakovich. In his Portrait of a Family, Oivind Westby devises a set of five character dances depicting the Father, Mother, First Born Son, Dancing Daughter, and Little Brother. These are mainly traditional European classical dance forms, with only the First Born Son's asymmetrical meter hinting at modern times. Things get really modern in James Lassen's Strange
Read more Interlude No. 3, with its nod toward jazz and rock in the second movement. Most interestingly, Lassen has the bassoon imitating rock-guitar riffs, a feat that Hannevold pulls off with unerring technique.


The same technical prowess enhances all of the works on the disc, made more impressive by Hannevold's chameleon-like adaptation to the stylistic demands of whatever the piece in question. He's ideally partnered by Torleif Torgersen in the Sonata and Strange Interlude, while the Bergen Chamber Ensemble performs with its own special flair in Portrait of a Family. Edvard Grieg's house apparently makes an excellent recording venue, as the sound is spacious, present, and nicely detailed. A most delightful disc--both for bassoon aficionados and everyone else. [8/4/2006]
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Bassoon and Piano by David Maslanka
Performer:  Torleif Torgersen (Piano), Per Hannevold (Bassoon)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2004; USA 
Venue:  Grieg's House, Troldhaugen, Bergen 
Length: 23 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Grieg's House, Troldhaugen, Bergen (12/13/2004 - 12/15/2004) 
2. Portrait of a Family by Oivind Westby
Performer:  Per Hannevold (Bassoon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Chamber Ensemble
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1997; Norway 
Venue:  Grieg's House, Troldhaugen, Bergen 
Length: 17 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Grieg's House, Troldhaugen, Bergen (12/13/2004 - 12/15/2004) 
3. Strange Interlude no 3 by James Lassen
Performer:  Per Hannevold (Bassoon), Torleif Torgersen (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1998; USA 
Venue:  Grieg's House, Troldhaugen, Bergen 
Length: 11 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Grieg's House, Troldhaugen, Bergen (12/13/2004 - 12/15/2004) 

Sound Samples

Bassoon Sonata: I. Moderate: quarter note = 84
Bassoon Sonata: II. Moderate: quarter note = 96
Bassoon Sonata: III. Slow, then moderate: quarter note = 54
Bassoon Sonata: IV. Fast: quarter note = 144
Portrait of a Family: I. The Father
Portrait of a Family: II. The Mother
Portrait of a Family: III. The Firstborn Son
Portrait of a Family: IV. The Dancing Daughter
Portrait of a Family: V. The Baby Brother
Strange Interlude No. 3: Part I
Strange Interlude No. 3: Part II

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