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Vivaldi Bassoon Concertos – Volume 3

Recent recordings have given a lot of emphasis to Vivaldi’s music for the violin. This week let’s take different route.

Recent recordings have given a lot of emphasis to Vivaldi’s music for the violin. In particular, The Four Seasons has seen a nearly unparalleled resurgence in popularity. This week let’s take a different route and explore Vivaldi’s compositions for the big brother of the wind section, the bassoon.

Naxos has released five volumes in their complete Vivaldi bassoon series, and we’re listening to music from the third. Bassoonist Tamás Benkócs performs on all five recordings with the Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia, conducted by Béla Drahos. Benkócs has established himself as a leading performer on the bassoon, being appointed principle cellist of the Budapest Festival Orchestra at the age of 20! He doesn’t fail to delight on these recordings either.

Our quick pick this week comes from the Franz Joseph Quartet. The ensemble performs the complete arrangement of Mozart’s operatic masterpiece Don Giovanni, as reduced for string quartet by Nicolaus Simrock in 1798.

Music Heard On This Episode

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Concerto in g: Presto
Tamás Benkócs, bassoon; Béla Drahos/Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia — Vivaldi: Bassoon Concertos 3 (Naxos , 2006)
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Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Concerto in g: Presto
Tamás Benkócs, bassoon; Béla Drahos/Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia — Vivaldi: Bassoon Concertos 3 (Naxos , 2006)
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Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Concerto in C: Largo
Tamás Benkócs, bassoon; Béla Drahos/Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia — Vivaldi: Bassoon Concertos 3 (Naxos , 2006)
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Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Concerto in C: Allegro
Tamás Benkócs, bassoon; Béla Drahos/Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia — Vivaldi: Bassoon Concertos 3 (Naxos , 2006)
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Wofgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): DON GIOVANNI: Madamina, il catalogo è questo
Franz Joseph Quatuor — Mozart: Don Giovanni (ATMA Classique, 2009)
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Wofgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): DON GIOVANNI: Act II Finale
Franz Joseph Quatuor — Mozart: Don Giovanni (ATMA Classique, 2009)
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David Wood

Originally from Leavenworth, Kansas, David Wood moved to Bloomington in 2005. He received his Bachelor of Music from Kansas State University, and his Master of Music from the University of North Texas. He studied ensemble direction at the Jacobs School of Music's Early Music Institute and joined WFIU in 2006 as an announcer. In 2008 he became WFIU's Music Director and also served as Art Bureau Chief from 2008-2013. David’s interests include Irish music and language (particularly traditional singing), music and religion, running, the outdoors, and, of course, classical music!

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