VSL Woodwinds Bundle
This bundle offers you the complete woodwinds of the symphonic orchestra and more. Woodwinds I includes the standard instrumentation with flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon (each recorded solo and in three-player ensembles). Woodwinds II expands the section with piccolo and alto flute, two English-horns, small clarinet in Eb, bass clarinet and contrabassoon, to meet the needs of large romantic and modern orchestral scores. The Special Woodwinds Collection provides you with exotic treasures such as bass flute, oboe d’amore, heckelphone, basset horn, and contrabass clarinet, the latter being almost twice as long as the bass clarinet. These are uncommon instruments that allow you to create new and unusual sounds.
See below for further details on the products in the bundle.
The Woodwinds I Collection contains the four main wind instruments, flute, oboe, clarinet, and bassoon – each recorded as a solo instrument and in three-player ensembles. First-rate musicians of leading European orchestras provide the sound and character as soloists and ensemble leaders. Gisela Mashayekhi-Beer was the solo flutist of the Zurich Opera orchestra and taught at the Bruckner University Linz and at the Vienna Music University. Markus Deuter was (and is) first oboist of numerous German orchestras; he came to Vienna especially for the recordings of the French oboe. The clarinetist Daniel Hörth can look back at an international concert career with the Vienna Philharmonic, the Vienna Symphonic Orchestra, and more. Finally, Martin Machovits, among other assignments, is solo bassoon player at the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Woodwinds II adds everything you need for the realization of large orchestral instrumentations, such as a piccolo, a second concert flute, an alto flute, a bass clarinet and a contrabassoon. To complete your woodwinds collection you will also find the small clarinet in Eb and two English horns – all living up to the high standards professional composers have come to expect from our sampled instruments.
This Vienna Instruments Collection is a cornucopia of exotic treasures for symphonic and orchestral works. The sheer rarity of these instruments makes this collection a priceless addition to your existing palette of woodwind instruments.
A special gem is the Bass flute. With its velvety, earthy sound, it expands the flute family to its lowest register, evoking mystery and depth in dramatic music.
Both the instrument as well as the performance of bassoonist Stepan Turnovsky, a frequent first bassoonist with the Vienna Philharmonic, proved to be perfect for the Bassoon 2. His ability to play exceptionally broad tonal reaches, and to change his playing position to compensate for variances from note to note, coupled with the Vienna team’s extensive array of mic positions, result in an extraordinarily precise sampled sound.
Consequently, two solo bassoons are now available in our instrumental collection. The Bassoon 2 with a range spanning from tenor to bass offers an extended pitch range from Bb to F2, and is therefore also recommended to perform as first bassoon.