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Rossini: String Sonatas Nos. 4-6 - Hoffmeister: Solo Quartets Nos. 3-4 / Pensola, Tikkanen, Lehto, Groot


Release Date: 02/01/2019 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2318  
Composer:  Franz Anton HoffmeisterGioachino Rossini
Performer:  Tuomas LehtoMinna PensolaAntti TikkanenNiek De Groot
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This second and last volume completes two different sets of string quartets: the four so-called Solo Quartets by Franz Anton Hoffmeister and Gioachino Rossini’s six String Sonatas (or Sonate a quattro). Both sets differ from the ‘normal’ configuration in that they allow a double bass to take part, albeit in different roles. Rossini, who composed his sonatas at the age of 12 (!), left out the viola and gave the double bass a more or less conventional bass role – apart from the occasional virtuosic outburst. The sonatas were first published in an arrangement for traditional string quartet and are often heard performed by string orchestras. In Vienna, where he was active as a composer and music publisher, Hoffmeister (1754-1812) chose a Read more different solution than Rossini and gave his double bass player a leading role in the ensemble, letting it replace the first violin. It was no coincidence that this happened in Vienna – considering the amount of solo works for the double bass composed there, the standard of playing must have been exceptional. On the present recording, it is the Dutch player Niek de Groot who takes up Hoffmeister’s challenge in the company of a Finnish trio consisting of Minna Pensola, Antti Tikkanen and Tuomas Lehto. Featuring the same team, Volume 1 (BIS-2317) was as described by a reviewer in Gramophone as ‘entertaining, effortlessly enjoyable and beautifully performed’ upon its release in 2017.

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REVIEW:

In later life Rossini dismissed the quartets as ‘terrible’, but the truth – as made plain by the excellent performances on this recording – is that this music is much more than a mere prentice effort.

– BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Quartet for Double Bass, Violin, Viola and Cello no 4 in D major by Franz Anton Hoffmeister
Performer:  Tuomas Lehto (Cello), Minna Pensola (Violin), Antti Tikkanen (Violin),
Niek De Groot (Double Bass)
Period: Classical 
2.
Quartet for Double Bass, Violin, Viola and Cello no 3 in D major by Franz Anton Hoffmeister
Performer:  Tuomas Lehto (Cello), Minna Pensola (Violin), Antti Tikkanen (Violin),
Niek De Groot (Double Bass)
Period: Classical 
3.
Sonata a quattro no 6 in D major by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Tuomas Lehto (Cello), Minna Pensola (Violin), Antti Tikkanen (Violin),
Niek De Groot (Double Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1804; Italy 
4.
Sonata a quattro no 5 in E flat major by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Tuomas Lehto (Cello), Minna Pensola (Violin), Antti Tikkanen (Violin),
Niek De Groot (Double Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1804; Italy 
5.
Sonata a quattro no 4 in B flat major by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Tuomas Lehto (Cello), Minna Pensola (Violin), Antti Tikkanen (Violin),
Niek De Groot (Double Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1804; Italy 

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