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Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, September 2019

Words alone cannot describe the extraordinary artistry of Jaakko Luoma. Whether you’re a bassoon lover or not, this release is a must-have. The Tapiola Sinfonietta under the leadership of Janne Nisonen, is outstanding, and the recording is upfront, bright, and brilliant. © 2019 Fanfare Read complete review

Robert Benson, May 2019

…A Bassoon Concerto written in 1845 that may or may not have been by Rossini. It is a charming work in three movements ending with a rollicking Rondo. Excellent, virtuoso performances here and the recording made in Tapiola Concert Hall August 2017, and sonically is impressive. © 2019 Read complete review

David Threasher
Gramophone, May 2019

Jaakko Luoma, principal bassoonist of the Tapiola Sinfonietta, who exploits all the personality intrinsic to the instrument in a programme of four works spanning a little over 70 years.

Luoma is a genial guide throughout, demonstrating the instrument’s expressive possibilities and surmounting every challenge presented in these four works. © 2019 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

James Manheim, April 2019

Luoma’s clean rendering is worth the price of admission. Ondine gets fine sonic results from the acoustically superb Tapiola Concert Hall. Highly recommended. © 2019 Read complete review

BBC Music Magazine, April 2019

Led by Janne Nisonen, the Tapiola Sinfonietta opts for string tone that’s classically lean in a way that’s convincing rather than tendentious, underpinning Luoma’s artistry with springy support. © 2019 BBC Music Magazine

Nigel Harris
MusicWeb International, April 2019

…The performances are consistently excellent. As I say, the teamwork is palpable, and Luoma is the kind of player whose virtuosity seems so secure and natural that it never distracts you from the music. His performances of the Mozart and Hummel are highly distinctive, and more than hold their own against some pretty stiff competition. © 2019 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, March 2019

Four Bassoon Concertos written by composers born in the Eighteenth century, their music exploring changes made to the instrument in the early part of that century. It was Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Mozart’s favourite pupil, who was to write the most extensive score, the three movements employing the singing quality made possible by the recent modifications. Additional keys also made it a more dexterous with virtuosity embedded in the concerto’s happy and bubbling opening movement. It was his second concerto for the instrument, the central movement in the mode of an operatic aria before embarking on a vivacious concluding Rondo. The Mozart concerto preceded it by thirty years and was his only one for the instrument to have survived. An engaging score in it’s operatic tendencies and its knowledge of the ‘new’ instrument. From the first decades of the Nineteenth century, Peter von Winter’s two Concertinos were composed in one continuous movement containing three contrasting sections. Better known in his lifetime as an opera composer, his presence in today’s concert halls reside in his woodwind concertos, this one in direct descent from Mozart, though the orchestral part is evidence that he knew the music of the young Beethoven. Was the concerto attributed to Rossini actually written by him? We will never know, but it certainly has Germanic tendencies, and is a pastiche score whose contents fit well into the programme. It is performed by the Finnish-born Jaakko Luoma, who became a member of the Tapiola Sinfonietta at the age of twenty, before appointments as the principal bassoon with the Orchestra de Paris and the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. He is now the principal bassoon with the Tapiola orchestra with solo engagements around Europe. Throughout the disc his technique, even in the most difficult passages, is immaculate, while he can produce a golden and smooth quality that is here demanded. Perfectly partnered by this superb chamber orchestra, its concertmaster, Janne Nisonen, also acting as director. Luoma is placed forward in the balance, and another example of the outstanding quality of Ondine recordings. Very strongly recommended. © 2019 David’s Review Corner

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