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Antonio Vivaldi: Bassoon Concertos RV.498, 472, 495, 481, 501; Sinfonia RV 717 / Miho Fukui, baroque bassoon

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon in A minor, RV 498
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon, strings & continuo in C major, RV 472
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon, strings & continuo in G minor, RV 495
>Vivaldi, Antonio : ll Giustino', RV 717
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon in D minor, RV 481
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon, strings & continuo in B flat major ("La notte"), RV 501
Performer Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Unlike the traverse flute or oboe, the bassoon is considered exotic amongst baroque solo instruments. With his 39 bassoon concertos Antonio Vivaldi has, both numerically and qualitatively, made the most significant contribution to the baroque bassoon literature. Even today these delightful pieces are considered technically challenging. Ars Produktion's recording with baroque bassoon player Mihu Fukui and the Ensemble F, which she founded, reveal the concertos individual qualities, but especially the versatility of the baroque bassoon as a solo instrument, to its best advantage.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kanagawa Prefectural Lake Sagamiko Exchange Center, Jap (10/02/2013-10/03/2013).



Reviews

Energetic performances
Vivaldi wrote over 30 concertos for the bassoon, giving Miho Fukui a lot to choose from. Five of them, plus the Sinfonia from "Il Giustino", RV 217 make up this new release. Included is the concerto in B-flat major, "La Notte," RV 501, an oft-recorded work.

Bassoonist Miho Fukui plays with a rich, full-bodied sound. The Ensemble F, using period instruments, seem somewhat loose-limbed, especially in the ritornellos. But that's part of what makes these performances attractive.

There's a fire and energy in these works that more than compensate for a lack of machine-like precision. And in the end, that's what it should be about. Both Miho and Ensemble F invest this music with a lot of expression, almost exaggerating the shape of the phrases.

Personally, I enjoyed these pieces more than I generally do Vivaldi's instrumental music. (Not that I hate it, I just usually have a neutral reaction.) The SACD recording brings you close into the ensemble, making this an intimate-sounding release,that in my opinion, adds to its appeal.
Submitted on 12/12/14 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon in A minor, RV 498
  • Performer: Miho Fukui (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble F
  • Notes: Kanagawa Prefectural Lake Sagamiko Exchange Center, Japan (10/02/2013-10/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon, strings & continuo in C major, RV 472
  • Performer: Miho Fukui (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble F
  • Notes: Kanagawa Prefectural Lake Sagamiko Exchange Center, Japan (10/02/2013-10/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon, strings & continuo in G minor, RV 495
  • Performer: Miho Fukui (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble F
  • Notes: Kanagawa Prefectural Lake Sagamiko Exchange Center, Japan (10/02/2013-10/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : ll Giustino', RV 717 :: Sinfonia
  • Performer: Miho Fukui (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble F
  • Notes: Kanagawa Prefectural Lake Sagamiko Exchange Center, Japan (10/02/2013-10/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon in D minor, RV 481
  • Performer: Miho Fukui (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble F
  • Notes: Kanagawa Prefectural Lake Sagamiko Exchange Center, Japan (10/02/2013-10/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon, strings & continuo in B flat major ("La notte"), RV 501
  • Performer: Miho Fukui (Bassoon)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble F
  • Notes: Kanagawa Prefectural Lake Sagamiko Exchange Center, Japan (10/02/2013-10/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 9 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742