Tamás Benkócs and Vivaldi

To date, Benkócs has released a total of five CDs with nearly five hours of Vivaldi bassoon concertos, 94 tracks in all! The playing is expressive, virtuosic, and just plain beautiful! Very inspiring! Since these recordings were issued on the NAXOS label, they are a bargain, too. I found they are available to download (MP3s) on amazon.com, classicalarchives.com, emusic.com, iTunes, and play.google.com. The physical CDs can even be found on eBay.

From NAXOS: Tamás Benkócs completed his studies in 1995 at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, where he had worked with Laszlo Hara, Jozsef Vajda and Tibor Fulemile. Later he had lessons with Brian Pollard, Milan Turkovic and Dag Jensen. During his academy years, in 1992 at the age of twenty, he was appointed principal bassoonist with the Budapest Festival Orchestra. From 1998 to 2003 he served as principal bassoonist of the newly founded Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2004 he returned to Hungary, working once again with the Budapest Festival Orchestra. He has made many appearances as a soloist in Germany and in Hungary, as well as in Singapore.

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