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The Baroque Collection / Bernardini, Zefiro


Release Date: 10/11/2019 
Label:  Arcana   Catalog #: A202  
Composer:  Antonio VivaldiJohann Sebastian BachGeorge Frideric HandelGeorg Philipp Telemann,   ... 
Performer:  Alberto Grazzi
Conductor:  Alfredo Bernardini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Number of Discs: 10 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

During the summer of 1989, oboists Alfredo Bernardini and Paolo Grazzi together with bassoonist Alberto Grazzi founded Zefiro, a versatile ensemble specialized in 18th century music predominantly featuring wind instruments. Zefiro soon made a name for itself worldwide, and to celebrate its thirty years of activity Arcana is releasing an elegant 10-album set of their complete recordings of baroque music. From the ensemble’s first release (Sonatas by Zelenka - Grand Prix du Disque), the compilation alternates recordings of repertoire composers and pieces that have become absolute points of reference, such as the Vivaldi Bassoon Concertos, Handel’s Fireworks (Diapason d’or de l’année 2009) or the Bach Overtures (judged by Gramaphone to Read more be one of the 50 best Bach recordings of all time). However it also comprises significant rediscoveries, including the Overtures for Double Choir by Telemann, and the virtuoso wind repertoire connected with the Dresden court. Another precious feature of this magnificent set is the presence of the Fasch Concertos, which were out of print for many years and are finally once more available for our enjoyment.

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Excerpts of select reviews or previously released volumes included in this set:


Bach: Overtures / Bernardini, Zefiro

In BWV1066 trio passages are played by oboists Alfredo Bernardini and Paulo Grazzi and bassoonist Alberto Grazzi with unerring momentum and nuanced deftness. French-style dances lilt, sway or scamper, with a keen attention to charismatic details (the pair of Passepieds is an ideal compound of liveliness and refinement).

– Gramophone

Telemann: Ouvertures A 8 / Bernardini, Zefiro

Zefiro adopts entirely sensible tempos, engages in no extra-musical special effects, and has mastered its instruments to the point where things like intonation, tone production, and polished execution are equal in every respect to its modern instrument counterparts. These are wonderfully solid and musically enriching performances, complemented by a perfectly spotlighted and well-balanced recording.

– MusicWeb International

Vivaldi: Concerti per Oboe / Bernardini, Zefiro

Because Vivaldi composed oboe concertos throughout much of his career, a selection of them can provide listeners with an overview of his stylistic development. The seven concertos offered here do just that. There’s much to enjoy here. The sound in the slow movements is very agreeable, and Bernardini’s tempos and other directorial choices are well-nigh on target and sensible.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Bassoon in E flat major, RV 483 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Alberto Grazzi (Bassoon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Sala Ghislieri, Mondově, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 18 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Bassoon in C minor, RV 480 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Alberto Grazzi (Bassoon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Sala Ghislieri, Mondově, Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 30 Secs. 
3.
Concerto for Bassoon in G major, RV 494 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Alberto Grazzi (Bassoon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Sala Ghislieri, Mondově, Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 30 Secs. 
4.
Concerto for Bassoon in A minor, RV 500 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Alberto Grazzi (Bassoon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Sala Ghislieri, Mondově, Italy 
Length: 10 Minutes 13 Secs. 
5.
Concerto for Bassoon in C major, RV 474 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Alberto Grazzi (Bassoon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Sala Ghislieri, Mondově, Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 11 Secs. 
6.
Concerto for Bassoon in D minor, RV 481 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Alberto Grazzi (Bassoon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Sala Ghislieri, Mondově, Italy 
Length: 10 Minutes 17 Secs. 
7.
Concerto for Bassoon in C major, RV 472 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Alberto Grazzi (Bassoon)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Sala Ghislieri, Mondově, Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 50 Secs. 
8.
Preise, Jerusalem, den Herrn, BWV 119: no 1, Preise, Jerusalem, den Herrn by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Alfredo Bernardini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
9.
Suite for Orchestra no 1 in C major, BWV 1066 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Alfredo Bernardini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
10.
Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Alfredo Bernardini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
11.
Höchsterwünschtes Freudenfest, BWV 194: no 1, Höchsterwünschtes Freudenfest by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Alfredo Bernardini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: 11/02/1723 
12.
Suite for Orchestra no 4 in D major, BWV 1069 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Alfredo Bernardini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
13.
Water Music Suite no 1 in F major, HWV 348 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Alfredo Bernardini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England 
14.
Overture-Suite in C major, TV 55 no C 3 "Wassermusik" by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Alfredo Bernardini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Hamburg, Germany 
15.
Water Music Suite no 2 in D major, HWV 349 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Alfredo Bernardini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England 
16.
Water Music Suite no 3 in G major, HWV 350 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Alfredo Bernardini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1715-1717; London, England 
17.
Trio Sonatas (6) for 2 Oboes, Bassoon and Basso Continuo, ZWV 181: no 5 in F major by Jan Dismas Zelenka
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1722; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1993 
Venue:  Villa Schiarino, Mantua, Italy 
Length: 15 Minutes 39 Secs. 
18.
Trio Sonatas (6) for 2 Oboes, Bassoon and Basso Continuo, ZWV 181: no 6 in C minor by Jan Dismas Zelenka
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1722; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1993 
Venue:  Villa Schiarino, Mantua, Italy 
Length: 15 Minutes 16 Secs. 
19.
Trio Sonatas (6) for 2 Oboes, Bassoon and Basso Continuo, ZWV 181: no 2 in G minor by Jan Dismas Zelenka
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1722; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1993 
Venue:  Villa Schiarino, Mantua, Italy 
Length: 19 Minutes 33 Secs. 
20.
Trio Sonatas (6) for 2 Oboes, Bassoon and Basso Continuo, ZWV 181: no 1 in F major by Jan Dismas Zelenka
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1722; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1995 
Venue:  Tibor Varga Studio, Sion, Switzerland 
Length: 16 Minutes 17 Secs. 
21.
Trio Sonatas (6) for 2 Oboes, Bassoon and Basso Continuo, ZWV 181: no 3 in B flat major by Jan Dismas Zelenka
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1722; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1995 
Venue:  Tibor Varga Studio, Sion, Switzerland 
Length: 14 Minutes 24 Secs. 
22.
Trio Sonatas (6) for 2 Oboes, Bassoon and Basso Continuo, ZWV 181: no 4 in G minor by Jan Dismas Zelenka
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1722; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/1995 
Venue:  Tibor Varga Studio, Sion, Switzerland 
Length: 20 Minutes 9 Secs. 
23.
Overture-Suite for 3 Oboes, Strings and Basso continuo in D major, TV 55 no D 15 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Alfredo Bernardini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1768 
Venue:  Teatro Scientifico Bibiena, Mantova, Ita 
Length: 19 Minutes 6 Secs. 
24.
Overture-Suite for 3 Oboes & Bassoon in D minor, TV 55 no d 3 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Alfredo Bernardini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
Venue:  Teatro Scientifico Bibiena, Mantova, Ita 
Length: 24 Minutes 48 Secs. 
25.
Suite for 3 Oboes, Bassoon and Strings in B major, TV 55 no B 10 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Conductor:  Alfredo Bernardini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
Venue:  Teatro Scientifico Bibiena, Mantova, Ita 
Length: 23 Minutes 29 Secs. 
26.
Quartet for 2 Oboes, Bassoon and Basso Continuo in B flat major, FWV N:B2 by Johann Friedrich Fasch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
27.
Sonata for Flute and Basso Continuo in G minor, QV 2 no 41a/b by Johann Joachim Quantz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
28.
Trio Sonata for 2 oboes, bassoon & continuo in B flat major, Seibel 257 by Johann David Heinichen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
29.
Sonata for Violin, Flute, Cello and Basso Continuo in C major, RV 801 by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
30.
Trio Sonata for 2 Oboes and Basso Continuo in C Minor, TV 42 no c 4 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
31.
Trio Sonata for 2 Oboes and Basso Continuo in C major by Arcangelo Califano
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Germany 
32.
Quartet for 2 Oboes, Bassoon and Basso Continuo in G minor, FWV N:g1 by Johann Friedrich Fasch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
33.
Sonata á 4 "Echo" by Antonio Lotti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: Italy 
34.
Concerto for Oboe in G minor, Op. 11 no 6/RV 460 by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1729; Venice, Italy 
35.
Concerto for Oboe in C major, Op. 8 no 12/RV 449 by Antonio Vivaldi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
36.
Concerto for Oboe in G minor by Giovanni Benedetto Platti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
37.
Concerti (12) ŕ 5, Op. 7: no 3 for Oboe in B flat major by Tomaso Albinoni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1715; Venice, Italy 
38.
Concerto for Oboe in D minor by Alessandro Marcello
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1717; Italy 
39.
Concerto for Oboe in D major by Giuseppe Sammartini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Italy 
40.
Concerto for oboe in B-flat major by Diogenio Bigaglia
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
41.
Concerto a due cori no 3 in F major, HWV 334 by George Frideric Handel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1746-1747; London, England 
42.
Concerto a due cori no 2 in F major, HWV 333 by George Frideric Handel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1746-1747; London, England 
43.
Concerto a due cori no 1 in B major, HWV 332 by George Frideric Handel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1746-1747; England 
44.
Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351 by George Frideric Handel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1749; London, England 
45.
Overture for Clarinet in D major by Johann Friedrich Fasch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
46.
Concerto for Oboe in G minor by Johann Friedrich Fasch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
47.
Concerto for 2 Trumpets, 2 Horns, 2 Oboes, Bassoon, Strings and Basso Continuo in D major by Johann Friedrich Fasch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
48.
Concerto for 2 Oboes, Bassoon, Strings and Basso Continuo in C minor by Johann Friedrich Fasch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
49.
Concerto for Clarinet in E major by Johann Friedrich Fasch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 

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