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Antonio Vivaldi: Concerti with Bassoon II / Frans Berkhout, bassoon

Audio Samples

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor, RV 531
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon, strings & continuo in B flat major ("La notte"), RV 501
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon in A minor, RV 498
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Chamber Concerto for Flute, Violin and Bassoon in G minor, RV 106
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon, strings & continuo in C minor, RV 480
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Oboe and Bassoon in G major, RV 545
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon, strings & continuo in G minor, RV 496
>Vivaldi, Antonio : RV 522
>     no 2 Larghetto

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor, RV 531
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon, strings & continuo in B flat major ("La notte"), RV 501
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon in A minor, RV 498
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Chamber Concerto for Flute, Violin and Bassoon in G minor, RV 106
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon, strings & continuo in C minor, RV 480
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Oboe and Bassoon in G major, RV 545
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon, strings & continuo in G minor, RV 496
>Vivaldi, Antonio : RV 522
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Antonio Vivaldi is by far the most prolific composer of concertos in musical history; around 475 of his concertos have survived. As a celebrated virtuoso violinist, it is not surprising that he composed mainly for violin, either as soloist or in the concertante group. But Vivaldi also demonstrated a keen interest in other melodic instruments of the period, enriching their repertoire with imaginative and virtuosic compositions. His second choice of solo instrument is, surprisingly, the bassoon. His 39 concertos for bassoon with strings and continuo remain somewhat of an enigma. They are the first such works in history, and there is no indication for whom they are written nor why there are so many. It is possible that they were written for a student virtuoso at the Ospedale della Pietà, where Vivaldi served intermittently throughout his career, and one visitor indeed listed the bassoon among the instruments he heard there, but there are no records of a bassoon teacher nor of the purchase of any such instrument. Furthermore, the instrument is conspicuously absent even among those typical Pietà showcases of rare instruments, such as the oratorio Juditha Triumphans of 1716.



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Works Details

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for 2 Cellos in G minor, RV 531
  • Performers: Pieter Dirksen (Organ); Frans Berkhout (Bassoon)
  • Conductor: Pieter Dirksen
  • Ensemble: La Suave Melodia
  • Running Time: 9 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon, strings & continuo in B flat major ("La notte"), RV 501
  • Performers: Pieter Dirksen (Organ); Frans Berkhout (Bassoon)
  • Conductor: Pieter Dirksen
  • Ensemble: La Suave Melodia
  • Running Time: 8 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon in A minor, RV 498
  • Performers: Pieter Dirksen (Organ); Frans Berkhout (Bassoon)
  • Conductor: Pieter Dirksen
  • Ensemble: La Suave Melodia
  • Running Time: 10 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Chamber Concerto for Flute, Violin and Bassoon in G minor, RV 106
  • Performers: Pieter Dirksen (Harpsichord); Frans Berkhout (Bassoon)
  • Conductor: Pieter Dirksen
  • Ensemble: La Suave Melodia
  • Running Time: 8 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1716

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon, strings & continuo in C minor, RV 480
  • Performers: Pieter Dirksen (Organ); Frans Berkhout (Bassoon)
  • Conductor: Pieter Dirksen
  • Ensemble: La Suave Melodia
  • Running Time: 9 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Oboe and Bassoon in G major, RV 545
  • Performers: Pieter Dirksen (Organ); Frans Berkhout (Bassoon)
  • Conductor: Pieter Dirksen
  • Ensemble: La Suave Melodia
  • Running Time: 10 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon, strings & continuo in G minor, RV 496
  • Performers: Pieter Dirksen (Organ); Frans Berkhout (Bassoon)
  • Conductor: Pieter Dirksen
  • Ensemble: La Suave Melodia
  • Running Time: 9 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : RV 522 :: no 2 Larghetto
  • Performers: Pieter Dirksen (Organ); Frans Berkhout (Bassoon)
  • Conductor: Pieter Dirksen
  • Ensemble: La Suave Melodia
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1711