Bram van Sambeek bassoon
Aho and Fagerlund - Solo and Concerto works for Bassoon
"Bram van Sambeek takes everything in his evidently extensive stride. The agility, conviction, impish humour and searing seriousness all stem from a remarkably rounded musicianship: talent and personality in abundance, but at the same time strongly focused. I've a feeling composers will be queuing up to write for him."Stephen Johnson, BBC Music Magazine February 2017 *****
reveals once again [Fagerlund’s] fertile and compelling musical intellect... While sounding taxing to play...its dedicatee Bram van Sambeek relishes its demands and is given wonderful support by the Lahti Symphony Orchestra. ... There is also a breathtakingly virtuoso account of Solo V
(1999), the bassoon instalment in Aho’s marvellous ongoing instrumental series. Stunningly vivid sound throughout, as we expect from BIS."Guy Rickards, Gramophone February 2017
"Bram van Sambeek, our national bassoon hero, delivers on the BIS label a thrilling rendition of the [Aho’s] bassoon concerto, a piece with exciting harmonic developments, a magnificent passacaglia and a sparkling final movement.
…It's [Fagerlund’s concerto, Mana
] a mesmerizing work …The two solo pieces by Aho and Fagerlund are a nice addition. Here the detail and tone variations of van Sambeek’s playing come into their own and show evene better what a fantastic instrumentalist he is." Frits van der Waa, De Volkskrant 9 December 2016
"Van Sambeek masters all these technical tricks, demanded by both Aho and by his younger Finnish countryman Sebastian Fagerlund (b. 1972) with immaculate and exemplary precision: playing extremes by way of both contrasting leaps and gradual transitions, switching between different techniques such as glissandi, multiphonics, singing during the game etc.
, Fagerlund] …wants to conjure up shamanistic rituals … leads the listener into mysterious sound worlds … Bram van Sambeek performs with intensely penetrating and, at the same time, effortlessly flexible playing."Christoph Schlüren, Klassik Heute 9 December 2016Hear excerpts from all four works hereWatch the video of the world premiere of Mana with Bram van Sambeek here