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Wind players take note: world premiere recordings of music for bassoon recorded in Edvard Grieg's house.

Here we have an international collection of bassoon music, recorded in Edvard Grieg's house. The highly original wind music of Maslanka is surely known to you through his many releases on Albany, and this recent work is a significant contribution to the bassoon literature. James Lassen, born in Montana, has family roots in Scandinavia. Active in jazz and classical circles, he currently lives in Bergen, Norway and is co-principal bassoonist in that city's Symphony Orchestra, alongside principal Per Hannevold. Lassen's work shows the influence of special techniques he learned while playing the Japanese shakuhatchi and bamboo flutes. Oivind Westby, a trombonist and arranger, has composed a delightful work that shows influences from British light music. Per Hannevold has been with the Bergen Symphony from 1979 and is a member of the Bergen Wind Quintet. His performances have taken him all over the world and he is recognized as a preeminent authority on bassoon technique. This is a wonderful disc for wind specialists and those looking for something out of the ordinary.
David Maslanka, composer
Sonata for Bassoon
Per Hannevold, bassoon, Torleif Torgersen, piano

Oivind Westby, composer
Portrait of a Family
Per Hannevold, bassoon, Bergen Chamber Ensemble

James Lassen, composer
Strange Interlude No. 3
Per Hannevold, bassoon, Torleif Torgersen, piano

"Per Hannevold...has excellent tone and a full and rich presence... This is a fantastic release." (American Record Guide)
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