Smetana - Overture - The Bartered Bride

Mozart - Bassoon Concerto K.191

Berwald - Konsertstycke for bassoon

Sibelius - Symphony No. 2

  The bassoon may be the Cinderella of wind instruments, but Amy Harman makes it sing and brings us two splendidly varied examples of her solo art. Mozart’s delightful Concerto is followed by the Swedish composer Franz Berwald’s flamboyant Concert Piece. We start with the Czech bravura of Smetana’s overture, and finish with the splendour of Sibelius’s most popular Symphony, No.2. It’s an epic struggle, particularly the finale, seen by many as epitomising the Finnish people’s cries for freedom.
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