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Zelenka: Six Trio Sonatas, ZWV181

Magazine article Gramophone

Zelenka: Six Trio Sonatas, ZWV181

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Six Trio Sonatas, ZWV181

Ensemble Berlin Prag / Reinhard Goebel

Supraphon (F)(2) SU4239-2 (95' * DDD)

A lot of water has gone under the bridge since Heinz Holliger first rediscovered and recorded Zelenka's six sonatas for two oboes, bassoon and basso continuo for Archiv in 1972. That unearthing was, for Baroque oboists and bassoonists, akin to many birthdays and Christmases coming at once, such is these works' wealth of fascinating contrapuntal interweavings, finger-twisting virtuosity and emotional range, and all of course wrapped up in Zelenka's unique, 'Baroque experimental' voice. All of which means that, despite the fact that Zelenka's name and music remain relatively little known, when it comes to these six sonatas there is a pretty healthy catalogue of recordings already on the market; not least a vivid and flowing second go at it from Holliger and friends in 1999, this time for ECM.

Still, if anyone is capable of standing up with the best of them it should be Ensemble Berlin Prag, because when the group was formed in 2005 by the three soloists on this album--the Czech oboist Vilem Veverka and Israeli bassoonist Mor Biron, under the guidance of German oboist Dominik Wollenweber--it was the music of Zelenka and Couperin that formed the basis of their repertoire. …

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