OLGA NEUWIRTH (b.1968): In Nacht und Eis for Bassoon, Cello and Ring Modulation, zefiro aleggia...nell' infinito... for Bassoon and Orchestra, Torsion for Bassoon and CD, BRUNO MANTOVANI (b.1974): Un mois d'octobre for Bassoon and Piano, DAI FUJIKURA (b.1977): The Voice for Bassoon and Cello.

Catalogue Number: 02K118

Label: Stradivarius

Reference: STR 33799

Format: CD

Price: $17.98

Description: Gallois sets out to demonstrate the new role of the bassoon as soloist in contemporary music of composers who still count as 'young'. Neuwirth gets the lion's share of the program, in aggressive, flamboyant works that partner the bassoon with electronics, with an electronically transmuted 'found' recording, as well as with other solo instruments and orchestra. Her style of composition is not infrequently combative; the bassoon here is often called upon to play stridently, violently, and in extremes of register. The basic thematic material of the solo component of the pieces is similar, but huge variety is attained in the context in which it is placed and the development and variation to which it is subjected. Fujikura's The Voice is an active dialogue between bassoon and cello, while Mantovani's work couples the bassoon with piano in a more conventional, even melodic fashion, despite the range of extended techniques employed (as in all the pieces here; the expansion of bassoon sonorities and articulation being after all a central thesis of Gallois' project). Pascal Gallois (bassoon), Rohan de Saram (cello), Dimitri Vassilakis (piano), Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin; Brad Lubman.

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