Mozart and Devienne side by side
Jani Sunnarborg, bassoon
Jussi Seppänen, cello
The concert consisting of the bassoon and cello duo, which has been canceled several times, is finally happening! The programme puts the Germanic and French composers from the same era in parallel. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) is an absolute virtuoso of form, melody, affect and supernatural beauty, while François Devienne (1759-1803) is a fashionable and showy virtuoso of scales and arpeggios, whose slow parts are full of great outbursts of emotion and sensitivity.
The more extensive works of the concert are Mozart's Sonata for Bassoon and Cello (KV 292) and Devienne's Sonata for Bassoon accompanied by bass (Op. 24). The duo also plays Mozart’s most sensitive aria, Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön, in which Tamino recognizes the igniting feeling of young love. Another of Mozart's arias Ein Fogelfänger bin ich ja - from the Magic Flute Opera as well - again compares more to the lightness of the variation parts of Devienne's sonata.
In addition to the arias, solo cello arrangements of Joseph Haydn’ themes by Aloys Praeger (1783-1854) are also performed.