Records ／ ALCD-3043
1995 Digital Recording
|Masahito Tanaka bassoon
Kazue kojima pianoforte
|I believe this CD is only available in Japan at the present.
It is a pity, because it is another beauty by this master- bassoonist! The
CD is all transcriptions of well known compositionssomething that I am often
not convinced totally works. But Tanaka makes a believer out of me. His
Schubert Arpeggione sounds like Schubert MUST have written it for the bassoon-
it is so convincing! All I can say is WOW! Somehow he makes all that figuration
sound right on the bassoon and not just a bunch of string filigree! The
other works on the CD: the Schumann Fantasiestucke, Op. 73; the Mendelssohn
Lied ohne Worte, Op. 109; and the Brahms Sonata in E flat Major, Op. 120-
2; are also played with beautiful romantic elan and expression.
As with the previous CD, the balance and presence are superb! It sounds like you are sitting in the best seat in a concert hall listening to these performers. With the amazing difference one can find between recordings of bassoonists, it would be a wonderful thing if recording and sound engineers like Yukio Kojima and Tagato Yanagisawa, who are responsible for this and the previous recording would reveal their "secrets" to other aspiring bassoon recording artists! Both these discs could serve as landmark examples!
( The Double Reed VOL. 20, NO. 2, 1997) U.S.A