Baset Symphonies

American Record Guide | 1 May 2021

These are the first recordings of the recently discovered Symphonies 2 to 12 by Vicente Baset (1719-64). They were written in Madrid in 1753. (Symphony 1 is lost.) Aaron Zapico, director of the 21-member Forma Antiqua (4-4-2-2-1) and the leading force behind this recording, says in the liner notes that the scores are “in a sense naked”, i.e., mostly without markings or directions. His solution: he studied them at the harpsichord and let his experienced imagination take the lead.
Zapico ordered the symphonies (all between five and seven minutes in three fast-slow-fast movements) not numerically but by a mix of different styles (jigs, pastorales, etc. mixed with occasional use of castanet or tambourine) and succession of soloists (violin, cello, baroque guitar, oboe, theorbo). The changing character of the movements keeps the music fresh and inventive.
Baset’s style melodically and structurally makes me think mostly of Vivaldi. The players are finely tuned—no sour period sounds here.
Their tempos are upbeat, their rhythms are crisp and infectious, and, just when a series of string movements might begin to become wearing, the mix of soloists adds just the right colors to keep things fresh.
The results are most pleasing and never tiring—a far cry from yet another album of unknown baroque composers who are forgotten for good reason.

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Baset

Symphonies. Madrid, 1753

Winter & Winter August 2020

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To show the richness and exuberance of the Spanish orchestral music of the 18th century in a full and courageous way. This is the honest aim of the program with the complete symphonies of the composer and violinist of the orchestra of the Coliseo del Buen Retiro of Madrid, Vicente Baset.
Recovered a few years ago by Forma Antiqva, they have been performed in concert from a chamber music version to its symphonic one, contrasting their quality and significance alongside works by more renowned composers such as José de Nebra or Joseph Haydn himself.
The award of the prestigious Beca Leonardo granted by the Fundación BBVA to this project for the recording and performance of his orchestral work has been the definitive push to place this music, and by extension that of its contemporaries, in the place of history that it deserves.

Awards

Premio Sello FestClásica (Asociación de Festivales Españoles de Música Clásica) a Forma Antiqva y su programa «Farándula castiza», 2021.
Premio GEMA (Asociación de Grupos Españoles de Música Antigua) a la «Mejor Dirección 2019» para Aarón Zapico.
Medalla de Oro del Foro Europeo Cum Laude, 2019.
Premio MIN de la Música Independiente - Mejor Álbum de Música Clásica 2018 para «Concerto Zapico Vol. 2».
NPR Music's Best Classical Albums Of 2018 para «Concerto Zapico Vol. 2».
Premio GEMA (Asociación de Grupos Españoles de Música Antigua) al «Mejor Grupo de Música Barroca y Clasicismo 2016».
Premio GEMA (Asociación de Grupos Españoles de Música Antigua) a la «Mejor Producción Discográfica 2016» por «Crudo Amor - Agostino Steffani» (Winter & Winter).
Premio FestClásica (Asociación de Festivales Españoles de Música Clásica) a Forma Antiqva y su programa «Concerto Zapico», 2015.
Nominación a los International Classical Music Awards por «Opera Zapico» (Winter & Winter), 2014.
Nominación a los International Classical Music Awards por «Concerto Zapico» (Winter & Winter), 2012.
Premio AMAS de la Música en Asturias, 2012.
Premio Serondaya a la Innovación Cultural, 2012.
Nominación a los International Classical Music Awards por «Amore x Amore» (Winter & Winter), 2011.
Premio «Asturiano del Mes» del periódico La Nueva España, 2011.
Premio al «Grupo del Año» de la Radio Televisión Pública de Asturias, 2010.

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REMA

REMA The European Early Music Network - Réseau Européen de Musique Ancienne

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