Zelenka: Trio Sonatas album cover
Zelenka: Trio Sonatas

Thomas Zehetmair , Klaus Thunemann , Heinz Holliger

Composed by:  Jan Dismas Zelenka

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From the first measure to the last, the trio sonatas of Czech composer Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745) hold us in their spell. The combination of instruments—two oboes, bassoon, and basso continuo, with a violin replacing an oboe in the third sonata—is as unique as the music highlighting their colors, which justifies Heinz Holliger’s championing of this long-forgotten corpus. Although the oboes and violin shine as one would expect, Zelenka’s bassoon continuo is nothing short of extraordinary. Like concerti grossi in miniature form, each sonata is a galaxy unto itself.

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