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Gustavo Nunez

Olthuis, Pons, Villa-Lobos, Gubaidulina

SKU: 33813

Year of release: 2013

1. Capricho Olthuis 18:06
Concertino De Verano 11:54
2. I Allegro moderato Pons 04:45
3. II Moderato ma non troppo Pons 04:29
4. III Allegro Pons 02:38
Lobos 10:14
5. Ciranda Das Sete Notas Villa-Lobos 10:14
Concerto For Bassroon And Low Strings 30:03
6. I Gubaidulina 11:04
7. II Gubaidulina 03:41
8. III Gubaidulina 06:22
9. IV Gubaidulina 04:04
10. V Gubaidulina 04:50
Total time: 70:18

About this album

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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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.

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.


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 (...)

Technical Specifications

Recording Type Bit RateDSD64
SpeakersAudiolab, Holland
Recording SoftwarePyramix bij Merging
Recording LocationWaalse Kerk Amsterdam Holland 2013
Recording EngineerHein Dekker, Jared Sacks
ProducerHein Dekker
Mixing BoardRens Heijnis custom design
MicrophonesBruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mastering EquipmentB&W 803 diamond series
Mastering EngineerJared Sacks
Digital ConvertersGrimm A/D DSD / Meitner DA
Cablesvan den Hul T3 series