Stravinsky Le Sacre Du Printemps
Solo by Gustavo Nunez with Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
The Adoration of the Earth movement begins with this crucial bassoon solo. According to some researchers Stravinsky wrote this solo specifically for bassoon and specifically that high C. That 4th C is one of the most uneasy and closed sounded notes of bassoon and it is tend to have the wrong sound like a rooster. Some contemporary music researchers and conductors want that rooster sound for an instant than the C note because it represents the humanity (In my opinion they prefer this sound to being against perfectionism, no human being can be Godly perfect).
According to my tone color perception Gustavo Nunez has warmer tone but not darker. We can not criticize the tonguing flexibility of the reed because of the solo but in this recording Mr. Nunez also used a light reed which was scratched more than usual but he leaves the middle of the reed (the hearth) thicker. We can reach that result from the sound and legatos. Because of the right intonation I can say that he used thicker (especially the corners and the edge) reed than Mr. Vina.