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VIVALDI, A.: Bassoon Concertos (Complete), Vol. 5

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 8.570798
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 bassoon with strings and continuo. In these, Vivaldi exploits the full expressive and tonal range of the solo instrument, often making considerable demands on the soloist’s virtuosity to thrilling effect. Acclaimed as a splendid advocate of these graceful and imaginative works, bassoonist Tamás Benkócs also features on Volumes 1 to 4 (Naxos 8.555937, 8.555938, 8.557556 & 8.557829).


Review By Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,December 2008

One can hardly go wrong with Vivaldi concertos, and if you love the bassoon (as I do), Maestro Benkocs' playing is a balm for the soul. His beautiful, soaring tone and near-unbelievable technical virtuosity are a constant source of wonder, for he plays the unwieldy bassoon with an agility as though it were a penny-whistle! In addition, he confesses a fondness for these 39 concertos, and it shows! I'm looking forward to more of this delicious stuff.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,December 2008

The bassoon inspired Vivaldi to produce some of most likeable and virtuoso scores, this ongoing series, like strawberries and cream, is always predictable, but never fails to provide pure delectation. The concertos form part of his enormous output of almost five hundred for various instruments, most following the familiar pattern of fast outer movements surrounding one of lyrical beauty. Throughout he challenges the greatest bassoon virtuosos with music of finger-knotting complexity. That is ideal for Tamas Benkocs, as it sets him apart from other exponents of the instrument. With his attractive woody tone, he unashamedly adopts fast tempos in the finale movements to provide passages of staggering brilliance, scales whistled through at incredible speed, the



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