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Vivaldi: The 37 Bassoon Concertos
Daniel Smith, Antonio Vivaldi, English Chamber Orchestra
Vivaldi: The 37 Bassoon Concertos
Genre: Classical
  •  Track Listings (24) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (24) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (22) - Disc #3
  •  Track Listings (21) - Disc #4
  •  Track Listings (21) - Disc #5


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Ambitious, but should be better
Andrew D Ludwig | Tucson, AZ United States | 03/05/2003
(2 out of 5 stars)

"The orchestral ensembles are a nice addition for us bassoonists who are used to hearing these with only piano accompaniment. Yet it's hard to overlook the slapped together performance of Daniel Smith. His intonation and tone are simply wretched throughout most of the the collection. He exemplifies the "farting bedpost" variety of bassoon sound that most people work their whole lives to control and develop into a beautiful technique. This collection is a nice reference considering the large catalog of Vivaldi bassoon concerti which are too often overlooked, but I can't recommend it as an example of well crafted bassoon playing"
Are you kidding?
William A. Short | Austin, TX USA | 03/23/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Daniel Smith exhibits a standard of bassoon playing that is currently surpassed by a rather large number of high school bassoonists; that he has the financial ability to continue making recordings in no way indicates that he should do so. His intonation is, as another reviewer aptly put it, wretched; his technique is sufficiently poor to completely distract from whatever rare musical idea he may exhibit. A great number of the diminuendi, crescendi, and other dynamic contrasts are clearly digitally added. Rhythm is sloppy and often distorted according to the technical difficulty of the passage. His sound is, in a word, unfortunate. Fortunately, the accompaniment is, in general, well-played.

If you enjoy the Vivaldi bassoon concertos, please check out Thunemann's excellent recording of them; other fine bassoonists far more worthy of the additional income include, in no particular order, Richard Ranti, David McGill, Dag Jensen, Kristin Wolfe Jensen, Arthur Weisberg, Bernard Garfield, Judith LeClair, Nadina Mackie Jackson and the entire Caliban Bassoon Quartet, Frank Morelli, Barrick Stees, Leonard Sharrow, Sol Schoenbach, George Sakakeeny, Christopher Millard, Pascal Gallois, Paolo Carlini, Milan Turkovic, Masahito Tanaka, Paul Hanson and Michael Rabinowitz for the jazz-inclined, Laurent Lefevre, Stephane Levesque, William Ludwig, Valeri Popov, Kathleen Reynolds, Christopher Weait, Knut Sonstevold, and Robert Williams."
G. Logen | Stanwood, WA USA | 01/15/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Don't you dare buy this CD- unless you are looking for an example of what a bassoon should never sound like. Tone is just disgusting and articulations are mud throughout the entire collection. Seeing a picture of Smith, and now hearing some of his music, Harry Potter's Gilderoy Lockhart comes to my mind."