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Dan Styffe (dou­ble bass), Peter Her­resthal (vi­o­lin), Oslo PO/Jukka-Pekka Saraste Si­max Clas­sics PSC 1324 ★★★ If Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the

An­i­mals has left you with the idea that a solo dou­ble bass is best suited to car­i­ca­tur­ing an ele­phant, lead­ing Norwegian bassist Dan Styffe is just the man to change your mind. The ma­jor work here, Rolf Martins­son’s Concerto No 1, de­pends too heav­ily on Hol­ly­wood or­ches­tral kitsch. A se­quence of shorter works by Lera Auer­bach, Teppo Hauta-Aho, György Kurtág, Olav An­ton Thommessen, Giac­into Scelsi, Per Nørgård and Bernard Salles (in­clud­ing some with vi­o­lin) tra­verse a con­sid­er­able gamut. The real gem is Nørgård’s

Se­cret Voices, orig­i­nally for solo vi­ola, but here heard in a vi­o­lin and bass ar­range­ment by Jakob Kull­berg. The two in­stru­ments merge and morph in fas­ci­nat­ing shadow games. si­max.no

MICHAEL DERVAN

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