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French Masterworks for Bassoon and Piano

Laura Bennett Cameron

Classical - Released April 15, 2016 | Indésens

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Vivaldi : Concerti per fagotto IV

Sergio Azzolini

Concertos for wind instruments - Released November 6, 2015 | naïve

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At the dawn of the 20th century, Naive music label decided to uncover and release some 450 of Vivaldi's works held at the National University Library of Turin - many of which had hardly had the honour of being recorded. This amazing collection is a personal library handwritten by Vivaldi, and is the largest collection of scores that belonged to the eighteenth century composer to have survived to the present day. The thirty-nine bassoon concertos by Vivaldi constitute the largest collection of works devoted to this noble instrument. Clearly, the creativity of Vivaldi was greatly boosted by the phenomenal flexibility and nostalgic sound of the bassoon, which is still remarkable in the way it can "imitate" the human voice. It should also be emphasized that Vivaldi, a violinist, was always very attracted to the instruments with deep range. So much so that apart from the considerable number of works he dedicated to his own instrument, it is for bassoon and cello that he composed the greatest number of works. It is Italian bassoonist Sergio Azzolini who offers these six concertos, the fourth component of an box set published by Naive. The richness and invention of Vivaldi makes for an exhilirating listening experience from start to finish. © SM / Qobuz
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Il fagotto virtuoso : Sonate italiane del s. XVIII

Sergio Azzolini

Chamber Music - Released February 8, 2015 | MV Cremona

In the panorama of musical instruments developed from the Renaissance up to our present day, a fundamental role was played by composers and often even instrumentalists and virtuosi of  the instruments they wrote for. If the choice of one model of baroque bassoon for music from the early 1700s or a classical model for that of the early 1800s seems pretty much a given, one must pay close attention in determining the instrument suited to the performance of this ‘transitional’ repertory. This serves to guarantee not only a historically informed performance, but one which is also organologically correct.At the root of instrument choice lie two fundamental considerations. Bearing in mind that the evolution from the baroque to the classical instrument developed in numerous intermediate stages, one is lead to believe that the older instruments were not immediately dismissed upon the arrival of a new model but continued their life for a certain number of years. In addition, every composer wrote for a specific model of instrument, taking full advantage of its features of extension and expressiveness. The instrumentalist of old found himself in a position where he had to be a virtuoso (that is, to play with ‘virtue’) to perform a specific repertory. ‘Virtuoso’ playing here means not the quantity and speed of the notes, but the capacity to fully exploit the instrument and do so in an extreme way, from extension to the expression of affects.It is therefore clear that performing this repertory on a classical instrument would certainly be easier but would likewise be an anachronism. Furthermore, the nmost characteristic traits of each piece, and the repertory in general, would be distorted. Thus we have chosen to utilise two baroque bassoons for the recording. (A 'virtuoso' Bassoon by Sergio Azzolini)  
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Antonio Vivaldi : Teuzzone (Opere teatrale, vol. 16)

Jordi Savall

Full Operas - Released November 24, 2011 | Opus 111

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Con spirito

Sergio Azzolini

Concertos - Released June 2, 2011 | Tudor

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Voyages

Pascal Gallois

Classical - Released June 13, 2006 | Stradivarius

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Antonio Vivaldi : Ottone in villa (Opere teatrale, vol. 14)

Giovanni Antonini

Full Operas - Released November 8, 2010 | naïve

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Vivaldi : Concerti per fagotto

Sergio Azzolini

Concertos for wind instruments - Released May 10, 2010 | naïve

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Sonates pour basson et basse continue

Danny Bond

Classical - Released January 1, 2000 | Accent

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Sonates pour basson classique & pianoforte n°1 à 6

Sergio Azzolini

Chamber Music - Released March 8, 2010 | Pan Classics

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Concertos pour basson (Intégrale - Volume 5)

Tamas Benkocs

Classical - Released December 4, 2008 | Naxos

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Concertos pour basson (Intégrale, volume 4)

Tamas Benkocs

Classical - Released February 27, 2007 | Naxos

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Sonate - Concerto...

Piotr Meshchaninov

Concertos - Released March 1, 1999 | Chandos

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Concertos pour basson

Valeri Popov

Concertos - Released September 1, 1998 | Chandos

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