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Zelenka: Trio Sonatas / Holliger, Bourgue, Zehetmair, Et Al

Release Date: 10/05/1999 
Label:  Ecm   Catalog #: 462542   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Jan Dismas Zelenka
Performer:  Klaus ThunemannMaurice BourgueKlaus StollJonathan Rubin,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 38 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It was Heinz Holliger and friends who began the "Zelenka Renaissance," if you can call it that, way back in the early 1970s with their Archiv recording of these Trio Sonatas. These pieces are, without question, the finest works of their type produced during the Baroque period. Their style is as instantly recognizable as it is impossible to describe. "Quirky" might sum it up best: the tunes are ear-catching, the rhythmic complexities years---indeed centuries---ahead of their time, and the harmonies utterly personal and expressive. The only thing that has kept these works from the Baroque "Top Ten" is their appalling difficulty in performance (just listen to the bassoon
Read more in Sonata No. 5, and you'll get the idea). For this reason, it's not surprising that Holliger wanted to take another shot at music that he has lived with for nearly 40 years, and his performances (which include several members of his original Archiv team) are an improvement in every way. Where before he was content to more or less get through the notes, here he and his partners play with such ease and sovereign command, and are so beautifully recorded, that this set easily becomes the reference edition for this marvelous music. Essential.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Trio Sonatas (6) for 2 Oboes, Bassoon and Basso Continuo, ZWV 181 by Jan Dismas Zelenka
Performer:  Klaus Thunemann (Bassoon), Maurice Bourgue (Oboe), Klaus Stoll (Double Bass),
Jonathan Rubin (Lute), Heinz Holliger (Oboe), Christiane Jaccottet (Harpsichord),
Thomas Zehetmair (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1722; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1997 
Venue:  La Chaux de Fonds, Neuchâtel 

Customer Reviews

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 STUNNING September 11, 2015 By Darryl H. See All My Reviews "An old performance yet a superb one both in terms of its musicality and technical finesse. A wonderful recording in every respect! This is a performance for the ages....it is unparalled. Do yourself a favour and buy this disc....you will not be disappointed. This is a desert island disc if ever there was one." Report Abuse
 Great recording of fantastic little-known music June 2, 2015 By Les S. (ALBANY, NY) See All My Reviews "I had only vaguely heard of Zelenka until my oboe teacher introduced me to these trio sonatas recently. These are FABULOUS pieces and it is incredible that they aren't better known. You have to attempt to play them to truly appreciate how difficult they are. This recording includes wonderful musicians who do justice to these challenging works. Highly recommended." Report Abuse
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