Vivaldi: Concerti per fagotto, Vol. 2
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This is the second volume of Bassoon concertos to be released by Naïve as part of the prestigious "Vivaldi Edition". As with the first, the recording features the outstanding combination of the soloist Sergio Azzolini, an acknowledged expert in baroque performance, and the critically acclaimed period instrument group L'Aura Soave. Internationally renowned bassoonist Sergio Azzolini was born in 1967 in Bolzano, Italy. As a baroque bassoon player he is a member of the Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, and appears regularly as soloist with L'Aura Soave Cremona, Sonatori della Gioiosa Marca and La Stravaganza Köln. He is also a member of the ensemble Parnassi Musici. The group L'Aura Soave was formed in 1995 by lutenist and musicologist Diego Cantalupi with the aim of exploring Italian vocal and instrumental traditions and little-known Italian composers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Among the noted soloists with whom it appears are Emma Kirkby, Barbara Hendricks, Sophie Daneman, and Nuria Rial. In the last few years L'Aura Soave has begun a close collaboration with the bassoonist Sergio Azzolini, whose role as both soloist and director has greatly influenced the orchestra. Its first recording of bassoon concertos by Vivaldi for the Naïve Vivaldi Edition was awarded the prestigious Diapason d'Or in France as best instrumental release of 2010. Personnel: Sergio Azzolini (bassoon), L'Aura Soave
The brilliant Sergio Azzolini performs seven bassoon concertos...finely nuanced readings, adding another wonderful recital to this most worthy project. -- Early Music Review, (Brian Clark), December 2011
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This is the second volume of a projected recording of all thirty-nine of Vivaldi's surviving complete bassoon concerti, all to be performed by Sergio Azzolini on authentic Vivaldi-era bassoons or precise modern replicas thereof. Azzolini himself owns probably the best collection of historical bassoons outside of museums. Born in 1967 in Bolzano, Italy, Azzolini is as virtuosic as any bassoonist I've ever heard (and I'm a bassoonist myself, so I've heard 'em all), but what makes his playing extraordinary is his sense of his instrument's lyrical, almost-vocal capabilities. The seven concerti on this CD include some of Vivaldi's most eccentric and original compositions, passages that will sound bizarre to listeners who've only heard "elevator" orchestrations of the Four Seasons. Vivaldi was harmonically fearless and equally unafraid of demanding odd bowings and outrageous tonguings from his instrumentalists. L"Aura Soave di Cremona is an ensemble undaunted by Vivaldi's adventuresomeness. Several of these concerti have not been recorded by other ensembles, and none of them have been played as expressively by anyone since the days of Antonin Möser.