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Vivaldi: Concertos for Bassoon, Vol. 3 / Sergio Azzolini, bassoon

Album Summary

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon, strings & continuo in F major, RV 485
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon in B flat major, RV 502
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon, strings & continuo in C major, RV 474
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon, strings & continuo in C minor, RV 480
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon, strings & continuo in G major, RV 494
>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon, strings & continuo in C major, RV 475
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The 48th release in the Vivaldi Edition features a selection of the finest works for bassoon ever composed in the baroque music period. . "A tour de force, Azzolini's command of those concertos is breathtaking, maximising the power of Vivaldi's music with an expressive palet beyond that often expected of period instruments." -- Early Music Today.

Early Music Review, February 2013
The utter master of the instrument, and surmounts the technical difficulties works such as the present six concertos pose to lesser mortals with enviable ease ... all lovers of Baroque music will enjoy this.

International Record Review, March 2013
I've waxed lyrical about Azzolini's playing on the two previous discs in this Vivaldi Edition series. Nothing changes here in this third volume ... [a] lovely disc.

Gramophone Magazine, April 2013
[Azzolini] does not necessarily do what you expect but he is always tasteful, always lyrical, always musical. He himself likens the bassoon's role in these concertos to Harlequin, which explains a lot, for here is a player of compelling character, wit and likeability.

The Observer, 21st April 2013
The five concertos here (out of a total of 39) are delightfully varied and boldly theatrical: Sergio Azzolini's nimble playing of a copy of a 1710 four-keyed bassoon occasionally sounds in the fast movements as if burbling underwater, but is reedily eloquent in the slow ones. Pungent support from the Cremona group L'aura Soave.

MusicWeb International, 24th July 2013
Azzolini is one of the most brilliant players of the baroque bassoon these days...it is not just his virtuosity which is impressive. In the slow movements he shows his capabilities in the realm of expression. The ensemble L'Aura Soave Cremona operates on the same wavelength.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of the Madonna della Formigola, Corticelle Pieve (04/2012).



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>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon, strings & continuo in F major, RV 485
  • Performer: Sergio Azzolini (Bassoon)
  • Conductor: Diego Cantalupi
  • Ensemble: L'Aura Soave Cremona
  • Running Time: 11 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon in B flat major, RV 502
  • Performer: Sergio Azzolini (Bassoon)
  • Conductor: Diego Cantalupi
  • Running Time: 12 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon, strings & continuo in C major, RV 474
  • Performer: Sergio Azzolini (Bassoon)
  • Conductor: Diego Cantalupi
  • Running Time: 10 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon, strings & continuo in C minor, RV 480
  • Performer: Sergio Azzolini (Bassoon)
  • Conductor: Diego Cantalupi
  • Running Time: 10 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon, strings & continuo in G major, RV 494
  • Performer: Sergio Azzolini (Bassoon)
  • Conductor: Diego Cantalupi
  • Running Time: 11 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742

>Vivaldi, Antonio : Concerto for Bassoon, strings & continuo in C major, RV 475
  • Performer: Sergio Azzolini (Bassoon)
  • Conductor: Diego Cantalupi
  • Running Time: 12 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1742