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 bassoonRead 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.
Trio Sonatas (6) for 2 Oboes, Bassoon and Basso Continuo, ZWV 181by 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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Great recording of fantastic little-known musicJune 2, 2015By 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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