Do not purchase!
Alejandra Vernon | 11/15/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"It is unfortunate that the only bassoonist to have recorded all of Vivaldi's concerti for that instrument is Daniel Smith. The playing on this disc is technically poor, unmusical and embarassingly sloppy. The beauty, expression and excitement of this excellent repertoire is completely overshadowed by these incompetant perfomances. I urge you to please look elsewhere to enjoy this uniquely wonderful music."
Alejandra Vernon | 07/07/2003
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This is very soppy and absolutely out-of-tune performance. Any musician is to be ashamed to publish such poorly played record. You may notice slightly better performance on more known Concertos, suggesting that they were practiced more, and very raw performance on less known Concertos. One star is too good rating for the record."
Falls way short of the mark
Alejandra Vernon | Long Beach, California | 08/03/2004
(2 out of 5 stars)
"One of the most melodic, beautiful pieces I have ever heard is Vivaldi's Bassoon Concerto in E Flat (RV. 484), and I once owned a magnificent LP played by I Solisti di Zagreb, when they under the direction of cellist Antonio Janigro. Since this is the same chamber group, only in a different time period, I thought I might get similar quality, but here my much loved E Flat concerto does not shine, with the bassoon solo sounding as if it is being played underwater, with no tonal depth or energy.
If the 1st Movement Adagio Poco and the final Allegro are bad, the slow Andante is painful. It is sad that this is the only currently available performance of this concerto on CD that I have been able to find.
The other five concertos suffer the same dismal fate, and though the Zagreb Soloists are good, it is as if they were not in the same recording studio as Mr. Smith, and there is a lack of connection. Strangely enough, the complete series of 37 concertos in 6 volumes, which took 6 years to complete, won awards and some critical acclaim, and Daniel Smith is a crossover artist also known in jazz circles with a fine reputation, but to my ears this CD is quite wretched.
The sound quality is a bit muddy, which may be part of the problem, and total playing time is 61'52.