This SACD contains tracks from Saint-Saëns and Elgar and lesser-known composers such as the German born Hindemith and Polish Tansman. The bassoon is an instrument with phenomenal range, which Hannisdal shows off with great ease particularly in the Molto Adagio, the last movement from the Saint Saëns Sonate.
This disc offers a juxtaposition of modern and contemporary music; the ‘oldest’ composer (Elgar) was born in the mid 19th century whereas Dutilleux sadly passed away last year (2013). The bassoon can easily play both with great musicality and can be romantic and passionate when played well!
Hannisdal has been principal bassoonist of the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra since 1978 and has played extensively around the world, making many recordings. Anvik has also appeared across the world and gained an enviable reputation and awards for his performances. One of his most notable awards was the Levin prize, which is highly prestigious in Norway.
2L have yet again produced a high quality SACD, not just in terms of musical pieces; the recording is superb (particularly the placement of microphones), as is the selection and order of the tracks.