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Vivaldi: Bassoon Concertos Volume 3
As you would expect after the successful volumes 1 and 2, this is a very exciting recording, featuring the virtuosity and poetry of Sergio Azzolini.
This 48th release in the Vivaldi Edition features a selection of the finest works for bassoon ever composed. Azzolini is like a magician with his instrument and with each CD Azzolini proves himself to be an artist of endless imagination and virtuosity and surpasses the one before. In the catalogue of Vivaldi’s works, the bassoon is in fact the instrument assigned the largest number of solo concertos after those written for the violin, the composer’s own instrument.There are 39 concertos for bassoon in the National Library of Turin, which means we are only just half way on this wonderful journey!
“the utter master of the instrument, and surmounts the technical difficulties works such as the present six concertos pose to lesser mortals with enviable ease … all lovers of Baroque music will enjoy this.” Early Music Review, February 2013
“I’ve waxed lyrical about Azzolini’s playing on the two previous discs in this Vivaldi Edition series. Nothing changes here in this third volume … [a] lovely disc” International Record Review, March 2013
“[Azzolini] does not necessarily do what you expect but he is always tasteful, always lyrical, always musical. He himself likens the bassoon's role in these concertos to Harlequin, which explains a lot, for here is a player of compelling character, wit and likeability.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2013
“The five concertos here (out of a total of 39) are delightfully varied and boldly theatrical: Sergio Azzolini's nimble playing of a copy of a 1710 four-keyed bassoon occasionally sounds in the fast movements as if burbling underwater, but is reedily eloquent in the slow ones. Pungent support from the Cremona group L'aura Soave” The Observer, 21st April 2013
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Vivaldi: Concerti per fagotto
Alberto Grazzi (bassoon)
According to Greek mythology, Zefiro was the tender and kind God of the Western Wind. In 1989, the oboists Alfredo Bernardini and Paolo Grazzi, and the bassoonist Alberto Grazzi, members of the most outstanding baroque orchestras, founded Zefiro, a versatile music group specialising in the eighteenth-century repertoire that gives particular prominence to wind instruments. Since then, Zefiro has performed at many major worldwide festivals and recorded 20 Cds, including the complete works for wind ensemble of W. A. Mozart, all virtuosic sonatas of J.D. Zelenka (Astrée), and three instalments of the distinguished Vivaldi Edition on Naïve.
After a long-term collaboration with Sony Classical/Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, this new Vivaldi recording marks the beginning of an exclusive partnership of the Italian ensemble with Arcana, which will result in a true Zefiro series, characterised by its own artwork, focused on new releases but whose task will also be to make their discography still available.
Antonio Vivaldi was (and has remained) the most productive composer of concertos for solo bassoon. Thirty-nine concertos for solo bassoon, strings and basso continuo by him have survived. As a group, they are noteworthy for their high musical quality, their stylistic maturity and their depth of feeling, a property shared with Vivaldi’s concertos for the cello. Vivaldi shows perfect understanding of the mercurial temperament of the instrument, which is able in an instant to move from the comic to the tragic, from the melancholy to the joyful.
An active player on the early music scene for the last 25 years, Alberto Grazzi is presenting here seven concertos from the enormous corpus of the Venetian composer. This selection, with 4 concertos in major and 3 in minor keys, represents Alberto Grazzi's personal choice in showing the expressive qualities of the bassoon in Vivaldi's world. This work is the result of a Alberto Grazzi's long-term practise as a baroque player, here magnificently supported by the Ensemble Zefiro.
Scheduled for release on 22 July 2013. Order it now and we will deliver it as soon as it is available.
Vivaldi: Concerti With Bassoon II
Frans Berkhout (bassoon)
La Suave Melodia, Pieter Dirksen (harpsichord/director)
This CD features a true master of the bassoon, Frans Berkhout. Peter Dirksen is also an expert in his field and has issued “one of the very finest harpsichord recordings yet.” (Early Music Review). The works are performed on period instruments.
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Vivaldi - Complete Bassoon Concertos Volume 1
“Tamás Benkócs is a splendid advocate, whose watertight technique allows him on the one hand to revel in Vivaldi's many virtuosic flights of fancy and on the other to sustain with lyrical grace the hauntingly beautiful melodic contours of slow movements.” BBC Music Magazine
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