A seductive and fascinating disc for fans of contemporary music, this collection of works for Bassoon with choir and orchestra feature works by British composer Stephen Frost and Norwgian composer Kjell Mørk Karlsen.
The disc’s title work Parapraxis, for solo bassoon and choir, melds together a mix of sacred latin text and secular English poetry, pushing and playing with the illusory ’boundry’ that seems to exist between the two. The other works - Frost’s Bassoon Concerto and Karlsen’s Serenata - are beguiling and stimulating pieces that show off the talents of Norwegian basoonist Sigyn Birkeland has been principal Bassoon in the Norwegian Radio Orchestra since 1992. She continues to champion the instrument by commissioning, performing and recording new works for the instrument in a variety of unique ensembles and settings.
"...This fresh, unusual album is a resounding sucess - strongly recommended. Bassoonist Sigyn Birkeland is to be commended for her creativity in programming these works as well as her beautiful playing."
Carson Cooman - Fanfare - March/April 2012
Andy Gill - The Independent - 27 May 2011