BN.com Gift Guide

Vivaldi: Bassoon Concertos, Vol. 5

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
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 ...
See more details below
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (3) from $4.54   
  • New (3) from $4.54   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
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.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/16/2008
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313079872
  • Catalog Number: 8570798
  • Sales rank: 84,503

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Bassoon Concerto, for bassoon, strings & continuo in A minor, RV 497 - Antonio Vivaldi & Giovanni Antonio Canaletto (10:04)
  2. 4–6 Bassoon Concerto, for bassoon, strings & continuo in C major, RV 473 - Antonio Vivaldi & Giovanni Antonio Canaletto (14:55)
  3. 7–9 Bassoon Concerto, for bassoon, strings & continuo in F major, RV 491 - Antonio Vivaldi & Giovanni Antonio Canaletto (8:10)
  4. 10–12 Bassoon Concerto, for bassoon, strings & continuo in C major, RV 466 - Antonio Vivaldi & Giovanni Antonio Canaletto (9:49)
  5. 13–15 Bassoon Concerto, for bassoon, strings & continuo in C major, RV 469 - Antonio Vivaldi & Giovanni Antonio Canaletto (11:19)
  6. 16–18 Bassoon Concerto, for bassoon, strings & continuo in G minor, RV 496 - Antonio Vivaldi & Giovanni Antonio Canaletto (10:35)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tamás Benkócs Primary Artist
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously