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Dittersdorf, Hoffmeister, Vanhal: Concertos / Edicson Ruiz, Christian Vasquez

Von Dittersdorf / Vanhal / Ruiz / Ossb / Vasquez
Release Date: 02/08/2011 
Label:  Phil.harmonie   Catalog #: 6008   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Carl Ditters von DittersdorfFranz Anton HoffmeisterJohann Baptist Vanhal
Performer:  Edicson Ruiz
Conductor:  Christian Vásquez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Aged only fifteen, Edicson Ruiz was awarded first prize at the International Society of Bassists' competition in Indianapolis, making him the youngest winner of all time. Just two years later he was made a member of the Berlin Philharmonic's double bass section, becoming not only the first Latin American musician to be so honoured but also the youngest ever in the history of the orchestra.

Conductor Christian Vásquez is a protégé of the internationally known Venezuelan "Sistema" and has already established himself as one of the most promising developing talents from the Americas. His debut as a conductor with the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela took place in April 2008
Read more in Caracas conducting Mahler's Symphony no.2.

The symphonic music of the early Romantic period called for a much greater dynamic range meaning that gamba-like instruments, most of which were fretted and five-stringed and had relatively flat bridges, had to make way for instruments capable of withstanding much greater pressure and of producing the kind of percussive effects that were needed for programmatic music. With its thick strings, the four- or even three-stringed double bass that came into fashion around this time was capable of producing a much louder sound. That its sound was also coarser was accepted as a necessary evil, with the result that the double bass's noble ancestor, the violone, was henceforth consigned to the history books.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Double Bass no 1 in E flat major, K 171 by Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf
Performer:  Edicson Ruiz (Double Bass)
Conductor:  Christian Vásquez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1766; Grosswardein, Austri 
2.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in E flat major by Franz Anton Hoffmeister
Performer:  Edicson Ruiz (Double Bass)
Conductor:  Christian Vásquez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
3.
Concerto for Double Bass in E flat major by Johann Baptist Vanhal
Performer:  Edicson Ruiz (Double Bass)
Conductor:  Christian Vásquez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: Bohemia 

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