Capricho (2013)

Olthuis, Pons, Villa-Lobos, Gubaidulina

Gustavo Nunez

Ed Spanjaard, Kees Olthuis

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 ySalaverde 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.

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Gustavo Nunez

Gustavo Núñez (born in Montevideo, February 15, 1965) is an Uruguayan bassoonist trained at Musikhochschule Hannover (Prof. Klaus Thunemann) and the Royal College of Music (Kerry Camden). He has served as principal bassoon of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, together with Ronald Karten, since 1995. Núñez was previously a member of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra (1979–81), the orchestra of the Staatstheater Darmstadt (1988–1989) and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra (1989–95). Currently, he holds a professorship at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf, Germany.

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Capricho (2013)

Olthuis, Pons, Villa-Lobos, Gubaidulina

Gustavo Nunez

    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.

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    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?

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    Het Parool

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

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    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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Capricho (2013)

Olthuis, Pons, Villa-Lobos, Gubaidulina

Gustavo Nunez

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
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

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Capricho
Olthuis
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Concertino De Verano - I Allegro moderato
Pons
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Concertino De Verano - II Moderato ma non troppo
Pons
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Concertino De Verano - III Allegro
Pons
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Lobos - Ciranda Das Sete Notas
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Concerto For Bassroon And Low Strings - I
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Concerto For Bassroon And Low Strings - II
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Concerto For Bassroon And Low Strings - III
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Concerto For Bassroon And Low Strings - IV
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Concerto For Bassroon And Low Strings - V
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