Bassoon Concerto in C major
Concerto in B flat major for oboe, bassoon and strings
Concerto in G major for Oboe, Strings, and Basso Continuo
Concerto in G minor for Bassoon, Strings and Basso Continuo
Overture in B flat major for 2 oboes, bassoon, strings and basso continuo
Violin Concerto in C minor
Lenka Kroubkova Torgensen (Violin), Sergio Azzolini (Bassoon), Xenia Loffler (Oboe)
Václav Luks (Conductor)
Antonín Reichenauer (c. 1694-1730) – Suite in B flat major for two oboes, bassoon and strings, Bassoon Concertos (in C major and G major), Oboe Concerto in G major, Violin Concerto in C minor, Concerto in B flat major for oboe, bassoon and strings
Sergio Azzolini – Baroque bassoon, Xenie Löffler – Baroque oboe, Lenka Torgersen – Baroque violin Collegium 1704, Artistic Director: Václav Luks (period instruments)
Unlike the copiously preserved sacred music, instrumental works by Czech composers in the Prague of the first third of the 18th century are as scarce as hen’s teeth. The twenty or so instrumental pieces by Antonín Reichenauer are among the most significant. Reichenauer was a musician in Count Morzin’s chapel, in which he assumed the role of in-house composer after Johann Friedrich Fasch. The ensemble’s superb quality is documented by the Count’s regular contacts with Antonio Vivaldi, whom he engaged as his “maestro di musica in Italia”. Among other pieces, Vivaldi dedicated to Morzin his Opus 8, containing the celebrated The Four Seasons. The rarity of Reichenauer’s virtuoso concertos is emphasised by their being extremely challenging in technical terms, which serves as evidence of the skills of the chapel’s members – even Vivaldi himself lauded them! Many a contemporary musician would find these concertos extremely difficult. This, however, is certainly not the case of the “wizard” Sergio Azzolini and the other soloists featured on this recording. Together with Collegium 1704, an ensemble that gained renown with albums of Jan Dismas Zelenka’s paramount compositions, they perform Reichenauer’s concertos with a vivacity and energy this music requires.
Antonín Reichenauer’s Baroque concertos – Vivaldi himself would have been proud.