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Vivaldi Collection - Complete Bassoon Concertos Vol 2


Release Date: 02/22/2005 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8555938   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Tamas Benkocs
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The six works featured in Volume 2 of Naxos' Vivaldi Bassoon Concertos reveal how the composer's patented quick-slow-quick three-movement format (excepting the brief four-movement "La Notte") serves as a springboard for creative inspiration and surprise. The infectious churning rhythms in the outer movements instantly identify Vivaldi, although his genius as a tunesmith truly comes to the fore in the central slow movements (try RV 486, or better still, RV 467's poignant, aria-like shape). Bassoon soloist Tamás Benkócs makes light work of the music's peppy runs and long cantabile phrases, and his clean, intelligent musicianship is matched by Béla Drahos' firm podium direction. Some listeners may find the looser-knit, more robust string Read more playing characterizing ASV's Vivaldi Bassoon Concerto cycle more interesting, together with more elaborate ornamentation and decorative fills from the harpsichord continuo. On the other hand, the Naxos engineering places the soloist more squarely in the mix than ASV's relatively distant miking of its excellent soloist Daniel Smith. In short, this is a fine Vivaldi disc and an ideal showcase for Tamás Benkócs' impressive bassoon artistry.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Bassoon in F major, RV 486 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Tamas Benkocs (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 8 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary (02/25/2003 - 02/28/2003) 
2. Concerto for Bassoon in C major, RV 475 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Tamas Benkocs (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 9 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary (02/25/2003 - 02/28/2003) 
3. Concerto for Bassoon in B flat major, RV 501 "La notte" by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Tamas Benkocs (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 8 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary (02/25/2003 - 02/28/2003) 
4. Concerto for Bassoon in F major, RV 488 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Tamas Benkocs (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 7 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary (02/25/2003 - 02/28/2003) 
5. Concerto for Bassoon in B flat major, RV 504 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Tamas Benkocs (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 10 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary (02/25/2003 - 02/28/2003) 
6. Concerto for Bassoon in C major, RV 467 by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Tamas Benkocs (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Period: Baroque 
Written: Venice, Italy 
Venue:  Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 10 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary (02/25/2003 - 02/28/2003) 

Sound Samples

Bassoon Concerto in F major, RV 486: I. Allegro
Bassoon Concerto in F major, RV 486: II. Largo
Bassoon Concerto in F major, RV 486: III. Allegro
Bassoon Concerto in C major, RV 475: I. Allegro non molto
Bassoon Concerto in C major, RV 475: II. Adagio
Bassoon Concerto in C major, RV 475: III. Allegro non molto
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
Bassoon Concerto in F major, RV 488: I. Allegro non molto
Bassoon Concerto in F major, RV 488: II. Largo
Bassoon Concerto in F major, RV 488: III. Allegro
Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, RV 504: I. Allegro ma poco
Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, RV 504: II. Largetto
Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, RV 504: III. Allegro
Bassoon Concerto in C major, RV 467: I. Allegro
Bassoon Concerto in C major, RV 467: II. Andante
Bassoon Concerto in C major, RV 467: III. Allegro

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