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Fagerlund & Aho: Bassoon Concertos / Sambeek, Lahti Symphony


Release Date: 11/18/2016 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2206   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Sebastian FagerlundKalevi Aho
Performer:  Bram Van Sambeek
Conductor:  Okko KamuDima Slobodeniouk
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Finnish composer Kalevi Aho (b. 1949) and his younger colleague and compatriot Sebastian Fagerlund (b. 1972) have both received international recognition for their masterful treatment of large orchestral forces. This they have demonstrated in purely orchestral as well as in concertante works- Aho has written 26 concertos to date (most of them in his monumental project to compose a concerto for each of the main orchestral instruments), and Fagerlund’s concertos for clarinet and for violin have been released by BIS to critical acclaim. On this release, the two composers appear side by side, with their respective concertos for bassoon and orchestra, works that to a certain extent illustrate different approaches to the concerto genre. If Read more the Romantic concept of the concerto was that of a struggle between the soloist and orchestra, Fagerlund in his Mana (2014) instead gives the bassoon the role of a spiritual leader, conjuring up new sound worlds from the orchestra. (In Swedish, ‘mana’ is a verb that suggests invocation; in Finnish the word alludes to exorcism). Kalevi Aho, on the other hand, has endeavored to enrich and expand the solo instrument’s sonic and expressive possibilities through his use of orchestration and describes his concerto as ‘quite symphonic in character.’ The soloist in both of these works is Bram van Sambeek, the first bassoonist ever to receive the prestigious Dutch Music Prize and the musician for whom Fagerlund composed Mana as well as the solo piece Woodlands, written in preparation for the concerto. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Mana, concerto for bassoon & orchestra by Sebastian Fagerlund
Performer:  Bram Van Sambeek (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Okko Kamu
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2013-2014 
Date of Recording: 01/2015 
Venue:  Sibelius Hall, Lahti, Finland 
Length: 19 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2.
Solo V, for bassoon by Kalevi Aho
Performer:  Bram Van Sambeek (Bassoon)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 1999 
Date of Recording: 11/2015 
Venue:  Studio 2, Sveriges Radio, Stockholm, Swe 
Length: 10 Minutes 23 Secs. 
3.
Bassoon Concerto by Kalevi Aho
Performer:  Bram Van Sambeek (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Dima Slobodeniouk
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2004 
Date of Recording: 01/2016 
Venue:  Sibelius Hall, Lahti, Finland 
Length: 35 Minutes 0 Secs. 
4.
Woodlands, for bassoon by Sebastian Fagerlund
Performer:  Bram Van Sambeek (Bassoon)
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2012 
Date of Recording: 11/2015 
Venue:  Studio 2, Sveriges Radio, Stockholm, Swe 
Length: 11 Minutes 31 Secs. 

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