Fagerlund, Aho: Basson Concertos - van Sambeek, Slobodeniouk, Kamu

Fagerlund, Aho: Basson Concertos - van Sambeek, Slobodeniouk, Kamu

BIS  BIS-2206

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral

Fagerlund: Mana - Concerto for Bassoon and Orchestra (2013-14), Woodlands for Bassoon Solo (2012)
Aho: Basson Concerto* (2004), Solo V for Bassoon (1999)

Bram van Sambeek (bassoon)
Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Okko Kamu, Dima Slobodeniouk* (conductors)

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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PCM recording

Recorded in January 2015 [Fagerlund: Mana] and in January 2016 [Aho: Concerto] at the Sibelius Hall, Lahti, Finland; in November 2015 at Studio 2, Sveriges Radio, Stockholm, Sweden [solo works], 24/96

Producer: Marion Schwebel (Take5 Music Production)

Sound engineers: Thore Brinkmann (Take5 Music Production) [Aho: Concerto]; Marion Schwebel [solo works]; Ingo Petry (Take5 Music Production) [Fagerlund: Mana]

Equipment: BIS’s recording teams use microphones from Neumann and Schoeps, audio electronics from RME, Lake People and DirectOut, MADI optical cabling technology, monitoring equipment from B&W, STAX and Sennheiser, and Sequoia and Pyramix digital audio workstations.

Post-production: Editing and mixing: Marion Schwebel

Executive producer: Robert Suff
Comments (1)

Comment by Waveform - September 10, 2017 (1 of 1)

Great news! According to Lahti Symphony Orchestra (Sinfonia Lahti) on Instagram they have recorded Uuno Klami's famous Kalevala Suite for BIS Records under Dima Slobodeniouk this weekend. The recording sessions took place at Sibelius Hall, Lahti. The album to be released next year and it will be hybrid multichannel SACD containing 5.0 Surround Sound and Stereo (SACD and CD Audio) options.