The two concertos on this recording are directed by Mathieu Lussier. They adopt the four-movement form (slow-fast-slow-fast), a vestige of the sonata da chiesa, one of Telemann's favourite forms. The Concerto for Recorder and Bassoon in F major, played by Vincent Lauzer (recorder) and Lussier performing double duty on bassoon, is an example of the composer's fondness for unusual sonic combinations.
Vincent Lauzer completes the recording with the Concerto for Recorder, Strings, and Continuo in D major.
Révélation Radio-Canada 2013-2014 and Breakthrough Artist of the Year (2012 Opus Awards), recorder player Vincent Lauzer graduated from McGill University where he studied with Matthias Maute. He is the artistic director of the Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival in New-Brunswick. In October 2018, his most recent recording of Vivaldi's concertos with Arion Baroque Orchestra was awarded a Diapason d'Or by the famous French magazine Diapason.
As a soloist, Mathieu Lussier has energetically and passionately promoted the modern and baroque bassoon as solo instruments for more than two decades throughout North America and Europe. He also devotes considerable time to chamber music as a member of ensemble Pentaèdre de Montréal. Lussier was recently appointed Artistic Director of Arion Baroque Orchestra.
Alexander Weimann is in demand an ensemble director, soloist, and chamber music partner. Currently, he focuses on his activities as Music Director of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra in Vancouver and in the Seattle Baroque Orchestra.
Founded in 1981 in Montreal, Arion Baroque Orchestra is now a cornerstone in the world of early music on period instruments in Quebec and Canada. Over the last 40 years, the clarity and freshness of Arion's interpretations have often been praised and the delicacy of its readings of well-chosen and varied works has never wavered.
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