Tamás Benkócs (bassoon)
Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Béla Drahos, conductor
In perfecting the newly developing form of the Italian solo concerto, Vivaldi wrote nearly five hundred concertos, of which 39 are for bassoon with strings and continuo.
In these, Vivaldi exploits the full expressive and tonal range of the solo instrument, often making considerable demands on the soloist’s virtuosity to thrilling effect.
Acclaimed as a splendid advocate of these graceful and imaginative works, bassoonist Tamás Benkócs also features on Volumes 1 to 4.
“Tamás Benkócs is a splendid advocate, whose watertight technique allows him on the one hand to revel in Vivaldi's many virtuosic flights of fancy and on the other to sustain with lyrical grace the hauntingly beautiful melodic contours of slow movements.”
BBC Music Magazine