Vivaldi - Bassoon Concertos Vol.5 | Naive OP30573

Vivaldi - Bassoon Concertos Vol.5


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Label: Naive

Cat No: OP30573

Barcode: 0709861305735

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 16th April 2021



The Italian bassoonist and his ensemble here give a renewed testimony of their unswerving commitment to this repertoire, with its virtuoso demands not just on the soloist, for whom the avant-garde Vivaldi exploits the whole range of pyrotechnical effects and expressive potential, but also on the orchestra, rounded out with woodwinds, theorbo, lute, guitar, harp, organ and harpsichord.

“I made this choice,” explains Sergio Azzolini, “after an intensive study of the Vivaldi scores preserved in the Dresden library, containing a whole series of compositions originally conceived just for a string ensemble – but highly coloured by the addition of a large number of wind instruments.”

This expanded ensemble gives the concertos a highly dramatic character, underlined by the bassoon in lyrical and elegiac passages just as much as in its moments of joyful brilliance. Sergio Azzolini has borrowed cadenzas from Vivaldi’s violin concertos (in RV479, RV486), yet while the bassoon’s extrovert energy sometimes bubbles over, bordering on frenzy (RV489, RV497), there are also meditative monologues (RV479, for example), in this programme of surprising contrasts.

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