Vivaldi: Bassoon Concertos, Vol. 5

Vivaldi: Bassoon Concertos, Vol. 5

by Tamás Benkócs
     
 

Antonio Vivaldi, for reasons that are not yet fully understood, wrote no fewer than 39 bassoon concertos. The Naxos label has been working through the whole group in six volumes, of which this release is the fifth, featuring bassoonist Tamás Benkócs with the Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia under BélaSee more details below

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Antonio Vivaldi, for reasons that are not yet fully understood, wrote no fewer than 39 bassoon concertos. The Naxos label has been working through the whole group in six volumes, of which this release is the fifth, featuring bassoonist Tamás Benkócs with the Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia under Béla Drahos. It might seem an excessively completist project, but each disc has had an abundance of joys that justify it all and more. These are modern-instrument recordings, in the small-ensemble scale and restrained style popularized by the British Baroque-orchestra releases of a couple of decades ago. But even historical-instrument devotees should be able to enjoy the riches of these discs, for the spotlight falls directly on the bassoonist, and Benkócs has no trouble filling it. Many of these concertos are thought to have been written for Vivaldi's young female charges at the Ospedale della Pietà, often called an orphanage but actually more of a depository for the illegitimate daughters of the Venetian aristocracy. The music speaks well for Vivaldi's skills as a music teacher, for much of it is brutally difficult. Benkócs sounds good across the wide range called for in these concertos, with a correspondingly solid lyricism in the slow movements. The music is strikingly ambitious. Some of the concertos seem to date from late in Vivaldi's career, and this is certain in the case of the "Bassoon Concerto inC major, RV 473" (tracks 4-6), which was written on Bohemian music paper. Hear the minuet finale of this concerto, unusual enough for the early 1730s, or the extremely varied textures of the opening Allegro, with the bassoon contributing to each movement a dazzling variety of variation and elaboration, and ask yourself who really invented the Classical style. An absolute joy, with fine studio sound from an all-Hungarian engineering team.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/16/2008
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313079872
catalogNumber:
8570798
Rank:
219604

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Tracks

  1. Bassoon Concerto, for bassoon, strings & continuo in A minor, RV 497  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Giovanni Antonio Canaletto  - Béla Drahos  -  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia  - Tamás Benkócs
  2. Bassoon Concerto, for bassoon, strings & continuo in C major, RV 473  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Giovanni Antonio Canaletto  - Béla Drahos  -  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia  - Tamás Benkócs
  3. Bassoon Concerto, for bassoon, strings & continuo in F major, RV 491  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Giovanni Antonio Canaletto  - Béla Drahos  -  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia  - Tamás Benkócs
  4. Bassoon Concerto, for bassoon, strings & continuo in C major, RV 466  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Giovanni Antonio Canaletto  - Béla Drahos  -  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia  - Tamás Benkócs
  5. Bassoon Concerto, for bassoon, strings & continuo in C major, RV 469  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Giovanni Antonio Canaletto  - Béla Drahos  -  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia  - Tamás Benkócs
  6. Bassoon Concerto, for bassoon, strings & continuo in G minor, RV 496  - Antonio Vivaldi  - Giovanni Antonio Canaletto  - Béla Drahos  -  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia  - Tamás Benkócs

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