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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

1. 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 

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