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  • Performer: Sergio Azzolini
  • Composer: Antonio Vivaldi
  • Audio CD (7 Nov. 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naive Sa
  • ASIN: B005LL4U5O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,137 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc: 1

  1. Concerto RV 499 in la minore, Allegro - Sergio Azzolini/L'Aura Soave Cremona
  2. Largo - Sergio Azzolini/L'Aura Soave Cremona
  3. Allegro - Sergio Azzolini/L'Aura Soave Cremona
  4. Concerto RV 472 in do maggiore, Allegro non molto - Sergio Azzolini/L'Aura Soave Cremona
  5. Andante molto - Sergio Azzolini/L'Aura Soave Cremona
  6. Allegro - Sergio Azzolini/L'Aura Soave Cremona
  7. Concerto RV 490 in fa maggiore, Allegro - Sergio Azzolini/L'Aura Soave Cremona
  8. Larghetto
  9. Allegro
  10. Concerto RV 496 in sol minore, [senza indicazione di tempo]
  11. Largo
  12. [senza indicazione di tempo]
  13. Concerto RV 504 in si bemolle maggiore, Allegro mà poco
  14. Larghetto
  15. Allegro
  16. Concerto RV 483 in mi bemolle maggiore, Presto
  17. Larghetto
  18. Allegro
  19. Concerto RV 470 in do maggiore, Allegro non molto
  20. Larghetto
  21. Allegro

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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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HASH(0x8fecaaa4) out of 5 stars Forty-Plus Concerti for Bassoon? Really? 25 Jan. 2012
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Antonio Vivaldi, a violinist himself, wrote more than forty concerti for solo bassoon and chamber orchestra! That's second only in number to his more famous concerti for violin. He also wrote numerous concerti for oboe and bassoon, sonatas for bassoon and basso continuo, and marvelous obbligato parts for bassoon in his cantatas and operas. One has to assume, therefore, that he appreciated the musical capabilities of the Baroque bassoon, a far different instrument in timbre from the modern orchestral bassoon. But there's another reason, based on contingency; much of his bassoon music was composed for performance at the court of Dresden, where the bassoon was highly esteemed. It's even possible to identify a specific bassoon virtuoso of Dresden, Antonin Möser, for whom not only Vivaldi but also Antonin Reichenauer and perhaps Jan Dismas Zelenka composed. No other body of music for bassoon approaches the difficulty or inventiveness of the repertoire associated with Dresden, where most of it has been preserved. And Vivaldi's concerti for bassoon are not simply generic concerti or reworkings of concerti for other instruments. They're extremely idiomatic, exploiting all the musical resources of the instrument.

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.
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