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Reviewer: Lindsay Kemp
Bach and Telemann arranged for bassoon and viola
It all works
well enough because this is great music and these are fine players. Lars Anders
Tomter’s rich, resonant and bouncy tone is obviously that of a modern viola, but
though he threatens to overpower the orchestra in places he shows plenty of
style and vim. Martin Kuuskmann is not always as nimble but he can make his
instrument sing and yearn when necessary. The Norwegian orchestra 1B1 play with
bright freedom and generally give a good account of themselves. In the end,
though, it is all just a bit strange: as you listen to the woody, sepia-filtered
version of BWV1060’s ravishing slow movement, it is like visiting a parallel
universe in which these two Cinderella instruments have always been at the ball.
But then who is to say that, had we all a different mind-set, such could not
have been so?