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Aho & Fagerlund - Bassoon Concertos

Composer Kalevi Aho
Sebastian Fagerlund
Performer Bram van Sambeek
Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Okko Kamu, conductor
Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor
Period Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-2206 SACD
EAN 7318599922065
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Oct 2016
Total time 76'12

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 disc 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 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 – Fagerlund’s mother tongue – ‘mana’ is a verb that suggests invocation; in Finnish the word alludes to exorcism). Kalevi Aho, on the other hand, has endeavoured 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’. In both works Lahti Symphony Orchestra supports the soloist Bram van Sambeek, the first bassoonist ever to receive the prestigious Dutch Music Prize and the musician for whom Fagerlund composed Mana. In preparation for the concerto Fagerlund also wrote the solo piece Woodlands, which van Sambeek includes here together with Aho’s dramatic Solo V.
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  Sebastian Fagerlund
01 Mana, concerto for bassoon and orchestra 19'02
  Sebastian Fagerlund
02 Woodlands for bassoon solo 11'20
  Kalevi Aho
03 Solo V for bassoon 10'13
  Kalevi Aho
  Concerto for bassoon and orchestra 34'20
04 I. Andante 11'20
05 II. Vivace 5'00
06 III. Passacaglia (Adagio) e Cadenza 9'30
07 IV. Presto 8'30
  Album total 76'12
ConductorKamu, Okko
Slobodeniouk, Dima
OrchestraLahti Symphony Orchestra
BassoonSambeek, Bram van
ComposerAho, Kalevi
Fagerlund, Sebastian

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