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Zelenka Sonatas: 3 Trio Sonatas for two oboes, bassoon & continuo / Monica Huggett, violin

> Trio Sonata No. 5 in F Major, ZWV 181 - I. Allegro
> Trio Sonata No. 5 in F Major, ZWV 181 - II. Adagio
> Trio Sonata No. 5 in F Major, ZWV 181 - III. Allegro
> Trio Sonata No. 3 in B-Flat Major, ZWV 181 - I. Adagio
> Trio Sonata No. 3 in B-Flat Major, ZWV 181 - II. Allegro
> Trio Sonata No. 3 in B-Flat Major, ZWV 181 - III. Largo
> Trio Sonata No. 3 in B-Flat Major, ZWV 181 - IV. Tempo giusto - Allegro
> Trio Sonata No. 6 in C Minor, ZWV 181 - I. Andante
> Trio Sonata No. 6 in C Minor, ZWV 181 - II. Allegro
> Trio Sonata No. 6 in C Minor, ZWV 181 - III. Adagio
> Trio Sonata No. 6 in C Minor, ZWV 181 - IV. Allegro
> Simphonie a 8 in A Minor, ZWV 189 - Simphonie a 8 in A Minor, ZWV 189: II. Andante

Album Summary

>Zelenka, Jan D. : Trio Sonata for 2 oboes, bassoon & continuo no 5 in F major, ZWV 181/5
>Zelenka, Jan D. : Trio Sonata for oboe, violin, bassoon & continuo no 3 in B flat major, ZWV 181/3
>Zelenka, Jan D. : Trio Sonata for 2 oboes, bassoon & continuo no 6 in C minor, ZWV 181/6
>Zelenka, Jan D. : Simphonie a 8 Concertanti in A minor, ZWV 189
Performer Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Ensemble Marsyas' debut recording on Linn features three of the extraordinary trio sonatas by Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745) for violin, two oboes, bassoon and continuo on period instruments. The ensemble performed this repertoire at the 2007 Brugge International Competition and was awarded both first prize and the audience prize. They are joined for this recording by Baroque violinist Monica Huggett who is currently head of historical performance at the Juilliard School in New York and a multiple Gramophone Award winner and Grammy nominee. The members of Ensemble Marsyas have been awarded accolades by both critics and the recording industry alike - the most recent including a 2010 Gramophone Award for a recording featuring Peter Whelan.

The Observer, September 2012
The lively Ensemble Marsyas are joined by violinist Monica Huggett in the third of the set, full of literally breathless counterpoint, while at the end is a beguiling single slow movement that leaves us up in the air, as if I had finished this review with a question mark.

Sunday Times, September 2012
Zelenka constantly beguiles...Ensemble Marsyas play everything with real flair.

BBC Music Magazine, November 2012
It's the group's nuance that's transfixing. When textures become sparse, delivery intensifies; when the line expands, the tempo stretches; when counterpoint thickens, articulation is leavened. The players are audibly intelligent, at once humorous and illuminating. Non-interventionist engineering shows that less can be more when the artists are first-rate.

Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2012
There is highly capable playing, with expert tuning, smooth lines, and techniques apparently taxed only by the quickfire repeated notes in Sonata No. 6. The sound is also wonderfully clear and well balanced.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
These sonatas are first rate. They actually bear some resemblance to Vivaldi's style, which may stand to reason. Zelenka also shows some innovation in sonatas V and VI through his writing for four independent parts - a striking departure from the familiar trio structure. Slow movements are wonderfully expressive, and the fast movements include the most challenging passage writing for bassoon and oboe that I have ever heard from this period. The level of their virtuosity is breathtaking.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The National Centre For Early Music, York, North Yorksh (08/04/2011-08/06/2011).



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>Zelenka, Jan D. : Trio Sonata for 2 oboes, bassoon & continuo no 5 in F major, ZWV 181/5
  • Performer: Monica Huggett (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Marsyas
  • Notes: The National Centre For Early Music, York, North Yorkshire, England (08/04/2011-08/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1721-1722

>Zelenka, Jan D. : Trio Sonata for oboe, violin, bassoon & continuo no 3 in B flat major, ZWV 181/3
  • Performer: Monica Huggett (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Marsyas
  • Notes: The National Centre For Early Music, York, North Yorkshire, England (08/04/2011-08/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1721-1722

>Zelenka, Jan D. : Trio Sonata for 2 oboes, bassoon & continuo no 6 in C minor, ZWV 181/6
  • Performer: Monica Huggett (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Marsyas
  • Notes: The National Centre For Early Music, York, North Yorkshire, England (08/04/2011-08/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1721-1722

>Zelenka, Jan D. : Simphonie à 8 Concertanti in A minor, ZWV 189 :: Andante
  • Performer: Monica Huggett (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Marsyas
  • Notes: The National Centre For Early Music, York, North Yorkshire, England (08/04/2011-08/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1723