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Vivaldi: Concerti Per Fagotto & Oboe / Azzolini, Westermann


Release Date: 08/17/2004 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 30379   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Sergio AzzoliniHans-Peter Westermann
Conductor:  Giorgio Fava
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


With this Volume 22, Opus 111 continues its ambitious project to record more than 450 Vivaldi manuscripts housed in the National University Library at Turin. Like many of the performances in previous installments, these--three bassoon concertos, two for oboe, and one double concerto for oboe and bassoon--also are characterized by widely contrasting tempos, sharply delineated dynamics, and especially here, a stylish in-your-face approach. From bassoonist Sergio Azzolini's quite audible intake of breath before beginning the Concerto in D minor and continuing throughout this captivating program, rarely have Vivaldi's wind concertos been rendered with such a consistent sense of urgency, vitality, and
Read more well, attitude. At no point do you feel that Azzolini, oboist Hans Peter Westermann, and the members of the Italian period-instrument ensemble Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca are less than fully engaged in and passionate about their mission to champion this less-familiar though certainly worthy repertoire.


The double concerto for oboe and bassoon in G major is especially ravishing, featuring a first-movement Andante molto where the soloists' aria-like phrasing sensuously complements the strings, and a spirited final Allegro molto that exploits the combined sonorities of the solo instruments. The opening Allegro from the A minor bassoon concerto (one of Vivaldi's most recognizable themes), with its measured beat and evolving rhythmic structure, also is rendered with uncommon agility and grace.


Many listeners will be familiar with what arguably is the program's most famous work, the Concerto for transverse flute subtitled "la Notte" (the night) RV 104. While there have been many exceptional period-instrument flute performances, listeners who enjoyed Giovanni Antonini and Il Giardino Armonico's groundbreaking, over-the-top extravaganza on Teldec (1991) are immediately directed to this equally animated alternate version. Azzolini's manual dexterity and breath control, especially in the "Fantasmi" and following Presto movements, are absolutely amazing in what must be three of the most virtuosic displays ever written for the instrument.


Opus 111's sound is crisp, clear, and naturally balanced, and Azzolini and Louis Vatoison's informative, entertaining notes feature many fascinating anecdotes. In sum, this is another outstanding entry in an already important and distinguished series that's guaranteed to delight all fans of the composer.
--John Greene, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Bassoon in D minor, RV 481 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Sergio Azzolini (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Giorgio Fava
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Paolo Carrer.
Audio Producers: Hervé Boissière; Luigi Mangiocavallo. 
2.
Concerto for Oboe in A minor, RV 461 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Hans-Peter Westermann (Oboe)
Conductor:  Giorgio Fava
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Paolo Carrer.
Audio Producers: Hervé Boissière; Luigi Mangiocavallo. 
3.
Concerto for Oboe and Bassoon in G major, RV 545 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Hans-Peter Westermann (Oboe), Sergio Azzolini (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Giorgio Fava
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 9 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Paolo Carrer.
Audio Producers: Hervé Boissière; Luigi Mangiocavallo. 
4.
Concerto for Bassoon in A minor, RV 498 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Sergio Azzolini (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Giorgio Fava
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Length: 10 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: Audio Engineer: Paolo Carrer.
Audio Producers: Hervé Boissière; Luigi Mangiocavallo. 
5.
Concerto for Oboe in C major, RV 451 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Hans-Peter Westermann (Oboe)
Conductor:  Giorgio Fava
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
6.
Concerto for Bassoon in B flat major, RV 501 "La notte" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Sergio Azzolini (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Giorgio Fava
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 

Sound Samples

Bassoon Concerto in D minor, RV 481: I. Allegro
Bassoon Concerto in D minor, RV 481: II. Larghetto
Bassoon Concerto in D minor, RV 481: III. Allegro molto
Oboe Concerto in A minor, RV 461: I. Allegro non molto
Oboe Concerto in A minor, RV 461: II. Larghetto
Oboe Concerto in A minor, RV 461: III. Allegro
Concerto for Oboe and Bassoon in G major, RV 545: I. Andante molto
Concerto for Oboe and Bassoon in G major, RV 545: II. Largo
Concerto for Oboe and Bassoon in G major, RV 545: III. Allegro molto
Bassoon Concerto in A minor, RV 498: I. Allegro
Bassoon Concerto in A minor, RV 498: II. Larghetto
Bassoon Concerto in A minor, RV 498: III. Allegro
Oboe Concerto in C major, RV 451: I. Allegro molto
Oboe Concerto in C major, RV 451: II. Largo
Oboe Concerto in C major, RV 451: III. Allegro
Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, RV 501, "La notte": I. Largo - Andante molto
Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, RV 501, "La notte": II. I fantasmi
Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, RV 501, "La notte": III. Il sonno
Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, RV 501, "La notte": IV. Sorge l'aurora

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