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VIVALDI, A.: Bassoon Concertos (Complete), Vol. 4

Composer(s):Vivaldi, Antonio
Artist(s) Benkocs, Tamas, bassoon • Drahos, Bela, Conductor • Nicolaus Esterhazy Sinfonia
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Concertos
Catalogue 8.557829
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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In perfecting the newly developing form of the Italian solo concerto, Vivaldi wrote nearly five hundred concertos, of which 39 are for the bassoon with strings and continuo. Within the confines of the threemovement form Vivaldi achieves remarkable variety. The fast outer movements demand considerable virtuosity as the soloist negotiates the wide leaps and contrasts between the upper and lower registers of the instrument. The inner slow movements are often in the form of an aria which explores the lyrical, soulful potential of the bassoon. Volumes 1, 2 and 3 are available on Naxos 8.555937, 8.555938 and 8.557556.


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

VIVALDI, A.: Bassoon Concertos (Complete), Vol. 3 8.557556
VIVALDI, A.: Bassoon Concertos (Complete), Vol. 4 8.557829

The excellent Naxos series continues apace and looks set to all but eclipse the competition, apart from Thunemann, who is special. But Tamás Benkócs is a very fine player too, and he gets excellent support form Béla Drahos.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,February 2007

Regular readers will recall my enthusiastic reviews of previous discs in this series, and with the release of volume 4 my admiration is undiminished. If you want to hear one of today's great virtuoso soloists, then dash out and buy this stunning disc. Vivaldi took a very serious view of the bassoon in his thirty-nine concertos for the instrument, and there are reminders here of the highly popular The Four Seasons, the stormy atmosphere of the finale to the D minor being one such instance. In the Andante of the F major and again in the opening movement of the C major it is equally interesting to hear how much Vivaldi influenced Haydn. It is music that calls upon the soloist for a demonstration of sheer virtuosity, particularly when you



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