Capricho

Gustavo Nunez

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Original Recording Format: DSD 64

The bassoon solo that opens Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring (1913) constitutes a confirmation of the instrument’s long process of emancipation.It illustrates how the bassoon was transformed from a subservient bass function in the Baroque era to an instrument capable of fulfilling an entirely autonomous solo role. This was a process of three centuries and numerous alterations to its construction. Nonetheless, as far back as the seventeenth century composers such as Selma y Salaverde and Böddecker had already attempted to demonstrate the bassoon’s virtuosic potential. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, composers including Vivaldi, J.S. Bach, Telemann, Haydn, Mozart, Weber and Saint-Saëns contributed important solos, concertos and sonatas to the instrument’s repertoire.A key figure in the further development of the bassoon was Carl Almenräder (1786-1846), who a.o. explored the  high register and thus increased its expressivepower, while other successful improvements were made by Johann Adam Heckel (1812-1877). The flute and clarinet, traditionally composers’ favourites for virtuosic, brilliant passages,gradually came to face serious competition.The works featured on the present recording underline the emancipated role of the bassoon in the twentieth century. The CD has a strikingly South American flavour, which is by no means coincidental.

Tracklist

1.
Capricho
00:28
2.
Concertino De Verano - I Allegro moderato
09:36
3.
Concertino De Verano - II Moderato ma non troppo
06:43
4.
Concertino De Verano - III Allegro
07:26
5.
Lobos - Ciranda Das Sete Notas
01:26
6.
Concerto For Bassroon And Low Strings - I
00:43

Total time: 00:53:43

Additional information

Label

SKU

33813

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Cables

van den Hul T3 series

Digital Converters

Grimm A/D DSD / Meitner DA

Mastering Engineer

Jared Sacks

Mastering Equipment

B&W 803 diamond series

Microphones

Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps

Mixing Board

Rens Heijnis custom design

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Original Recording Format

Producer

Hein Dekker

Recording Engineer

Hein Dekker, Jared Sacks

Recording location

Waalse Kerk Amsterdam Holland 2013

Recording Software

Pyramix bij Merging

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Speakers

Audiolab, Holland

Release Date January 10, 2014

Press reviews

Audiophile Audition

(…) Caprichio is an apt title for this album since most of the works therein are capricious, light in spirit, even comical. (…) The performances are all smart, witty as can be, and Núñez’s playing, even when he’s clowning around, is virtuoso in spades. Plus Challenge Classics’ surround-sound recording is typically vibrant and impactive.

Jazz’n’More

Was fu?r ein Potenzial im Fagott steckt, illustriert das Album ”Bassoon Capricho” von Gustavo Núñez auf exemplarische Art und Weise. (…) Als Musiker verschmilzt er sozusagen mit seinem Instrument und wird mit ihm eins. Eine Inspiration auch fu?r andere, ”nicht klassische” Musikstile?

Het Parool

een uitzonderlijk talent (…) er zijn weinig fagottisten die tonen zo letterlijk adembenemend lang kunnen aanhouden (…) fraaie solo cd van Nuñez (…)

Opus Klassiek

(…) Magnifiek gespeeld en opgenomen mogen we bijzonder verheugd zijn met deze imposante aanwinst, met bovendien repertoire dat in de concertzaal schittert door afwezigheid. Alleen al wat dat betreft valt er nog heel wat in te halen, bezuinigingen of niet.

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