VIVALDI BASSOON CONCERTOS V.1
NADINA MACKIE JACKSON, bassoon
NICHOLAS McGEGAN, director and keyboards
AISSLINN NOSKY, violin I
JULIA WEDMAN, violin II
DAVID ROSE, viola
RAPHAEL DUBE, cello
DOMINC GIRARD, bass
LUCAS HARRIS, lute and guitar
Concertos Nos. 2, 6, 12, 14, 23, 25, 26 & 27
FANFARE 2013 WANT LIST [George Chien]
“In Vivaldi Bassoon Concerti, Vol. 1, British Columbia native Nadina Mackie Jackson takes full advantage of the beautiful voice of the bassoon, which British novelist E. M. Forster once described in Howard’s End as the most romantic-sounding of all musical instruments. Playing in a choice ensemble …Jackson’s brilliant artistry shines out like a jewel in a perfect setting. Her sound is bold and full, and she isn’t afraid of risk-taking as she takes her instrument scampering numbly up and down scales throughout its range. Without overstating the bassoon’s capabilities, she explores them with a gleeful abandon that infects the entire group with her zestful excitement. She plays with deeply expressive feeling in the languorous slow movements, mostly marked Largo or Larghetto, of the eight concerti she has selected for this first release in a projected series… All of this has been recorded optimally by producer/engineer David Bowles at the Glenn Gould Studio of the CBC in Toronto. It is an auspicious beginning to what promises to be a complete series of the bassoon concerti in five volumes.”
Phil Muse, Audio Society of Atlanta [March 2014]
“inspired and inspiring bassoon playing… Ms Jackson brings out something very special about the strength of the compositions and their ability to reach tenderly to our spirits with a chamber accompaniment. Each part is important, and each part is clearly heard. But what this accomplishes is to stratify the soloist, unlike performances with larger orchestras. Here the listener is drawn into the sound of the soloist and wrapped in the accompaniment… I like the intimacy here… we get to more fully appreciate the care she takes in producing what sometimes seems to be a quasi-baroque tone. And though she plays on a modern instrument, her refined tone is particularly noticeable as she climbs into tenor register passages… This is played with grace and sensitivity. She makes these timeless classics a delight to hear… this one should be in your special collection.”
Schwartz, American Record Guide [September/October 2013]
“With its top-notch soloist [Nadina Mackie Jackson] paired with some of the best baroque string and continuo players in North America this is easily one of the finest recordings of Vivaldi on nmodern instruments out there. Congratulations to all involved for a job very well done.”
IDRD Journal, Issue 36:1, [July 2013]
“you should buy this disc…You’ll treat yourself to an unalloyed delight, played with breathtaking virtuosity and an irresistible verve and sparkle by Nadina Mackie Jackson and her seven cohorts… It’s not known for whom these concertos were written, but [whoever] they were, though, they would surely be proud to have passed the mantle to Jackson. More good news! The big number ‘1’ on the cover implies that this is only the first installment of a complete set. Fasten your seatbelts.”
George Chien, Issue 36:6, Fanfare [July/Aug 2013]
“The solo bassoon playing of Nadina Mackie Jackson...couldn’t be more refined, quicksilver or swashbuckling.”
For this, the first in a series of five discs of Vivaldi ’s bassoon concerti, Nadina Mackie Jackson has selected eight works in nearly as many keys. With the invaluable scholarship of Nicholas McGegan, she created her own performing editions directly from the Turin manuscripts. They are all in the familiar three-movement fast-slow-fast configuration, but show an amazing variety of compositional style and musical affect.
One of the world’s most visible bassoonists, NADINA MACKIE JACKSON
is a passionate performer with a repertoire that runs from unaccompanied baroque to electronica. Deeply interested in collaborating with other performers and commissioning composers, many concerti, double and triple concerti, sonatas, solo works and even one symphony have been written specifically for her.
Having recorded and toured worldwide as a soloist, chamber and symphonic musician on both modern and historical bassoons, Nadina continues to solo with orchestras on recording and in performance. Past concerto engagements include the Montreal Symphony, Les Idées Heureuses (Montreal), the Toronto Chamber Orchestra, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra (Ithaca, NY) and her hometown orchestra of Prince George, BC. Nadina has included many community and university orchestras in her outreach as as solo performer.
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Nadina performs regularly with talented trumpeter and pianist Guy Few. As the Guy & Nadina Duo they have performed extensively throughout Canada and the United States, winning many grants and awards. Fresh from her studies at the Curtis Institute of Music, Nadina landed a job in the Montreal Symphony for the first decade of her career, then won the position of principal bassoonist with the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and stayed for two years. Nadina continues to perform and tour with Les Violons du Roy and Toronto’s Group of Twenty-Seven (g27). A highly popular teacher, Nadina is on the advisory board for the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and teaches at the University of Toronto and The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory. Nadina founded the Council of Canadian Bassoonists, a charitable status group dedicated to providing resources to young bassoonists outside of large urban centres.
This recording is Nadina’s tenth solo cd title, and she can also be heard on over 100 orchestral and chamber music recordings on a multitude of international labels. The Vivaldi Bassoon Concerti project will comprise five discs and will feature many of the great artists that Nadina has met upon her path. www.nadinamackiejackson.com
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BASSOON CONCERTO NO.26 IN C MAJOR, RV 479
BASSOON CONCERTO NO.12 IN A MINOR, RV 499
BASSOON CONCERTO NO.23 IN G MINOR, RV 495
BASSOON CONCERTO NO.27 IN E FLAT MAJOR, RV 483
BASSOON CONCERTO NO.14 IN C MINOR, RV 480
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