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Bottesini's Greatest Hits / Mark Morton

Bottesini / Paganini / Morton
Release Date: 05/14/2013 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 1411/12   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giovanni Bottesini
Performer:  Mark Morton
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This unique recording features Mark Morton performing the double bass and piano parts of popular works by Bottesini and Paganini on the first disc, while the second disc contains all the piano accompaniments performed by Mark Morton and is intended as a play-along disc for bassists. Hailed by critics as "a most artistic representative of the new generation developed in the last half century," Mark Morton is on the faculty at Texas Tech University. He has performed in orchestras (principal bass of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra); been featured in recitals and as a concerto performer and was the first-prize winner of the 1990 International Society of Bassists Solo Competition. He is the author of the popular "Dr. Morton" series of double bass technique books. Morton studied at Juilliard, earning his undergraduate and graduate degrees there. He performs on a double bass made by Gennaro Vinaccio of Naples in the last quarter of the 18th century.

Works on This Recording

1.
Variations on Paisiello's aria "Nel cor piú non mi sento" by Giovanni Bottesini
Performer:  Mark Morton (Double Bass), Mark Morton (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; Italy 
2.
Tarantella for Double Bass and Piano in A minor by Giovanni Bottesini
Performer:  Mark Morton (Double Bass), Mark Morton (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; Italy 
3.
Romance de L'Elisire D'Amore (Donizetti), for double bass & piano by Giovanni Bottesini
Performer:  Mark Morton (Double Bass), Mark Morton (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
4.
Rêverie by Giovanni Bottesini
Performer:  Mark Morton (Double Bass), Mark Morton (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; Italy 
5.
Melodie for Double Bass and Piano "Romanza patetica" by Giovanni Bottesini
Performer:  Mark Morton (Double Bass), Mark Morton (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
6.
Introduction and Variations on "Carnival in Venice" by Giovanni Bottesini
Performer:  Mark Morton (Double Bass), Mark Morton (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; Italy 
7.
Introduction and Gavotte by Giovanni Bottesini
Performer:  Mark Morton (Double Bass), Mark Morton (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; Italy 
8.
Fantasia on Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor" by Giovanni Bottesini
Performer:  Mark Morton (Double Bass), Mark Morton (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; Italy 
9.
Fantasia on Bellini's "La Sonnambula" by Giovanni Bottesini
Performer:  Mark Morton (Double Bass), Mark Morton (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; Italy 
10.
Elegy no 1 in D major by Giovanni Bottesini
Performer:  Mark Morton (Double Bass), Mark Morton (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; Italy 
11.
Capiccio di Bravura in A major by Giovanni Bottesini
Performer:  Mark Morton (Double Bass), Mark Morton (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
12.
Variations on One String on a Theme from Rossini's Opera Moses in Egypt by Giovanni Bottesini
Performer:  Mark Morton (Double Bass), Mark Morton (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; Italy 

Sound Samples

Introduzione e Gavotta (arr. M. Morton for double bass and piano)
Fantasia on Bellini's La sonnambula (arr. M. Morton for double bass and piano)
Reverie (arr. M. Morton for double bass and piano) (backing track): Reverie (arr. M. Morton for double bass and piano)
Tarantella (arr. M. Morton for double bass and piano)
Elegia e tarantella (arr. M. Morton for double bass and piano): Elegia e tarantella: Elegie (arr. M. Morton for double bass and piano)
Introduction and Variations on Dal tuo stellato soglio from Rossini's Mose in Egitto, Op. 24, MS 23, "Mose-Fantasia" (arr. M. Morton for double bass and piano): Introduction and Variations on Dal tuo stellato soglio from Rossini's Mose in Egitto "Mose-Fantasia" (arr. M. Morton for double bass and piano)
Introduction and Variations on the Carnival of Venice (arr. M. Morton for double bass and piano)
Melodia, "Romanza patetica" (arr. M. Morton for double bass and piano)
Variations on Nel cor piu non mi sento from Paisiello's La Molinara (arr. M. Morton for double bass and piano)
Romanza on Donizetti's L'Elisir d'amore (arr. M. Morton for double bass and piano)
Capriccio bravura (arr. M. Morton for double bass and piano)
Fantasia on Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor (arr. M. Morton for double bass and piano)
Introduzione e Gavotta (arr. M. Morton for double bass and piano) (backing track): Introduzione e Gavotta (backing track)
Fantasia on Bellini's La sonnambula (arr. M. Morton for double bass and piano) (backing track): Fantasia on Bellini's La sonnambula (backing track)
Reverie (arr. M. Morton for double bass and piano) (backing track): Reverie (backing track)
Tarantella (arr. M. Morton for double bass and piano): Tarantella (backing track)
Elegia e tarantella: Elegie (arr. M. Morton for double bass and piano) (backing track): Elegia e tarantella: Elegie (backing track)
Introduction and Variations on Dal tuo stellato soglio from Rossini's Mose in Egitto, Op. 24, MS 23, "Mose-Fantasia" (arr. M. Morton for double bass and piano) (backing track): Introduction and Variations on Dal tuo stellato soglio from Rossini's Mose in Egitto "Mose-Fantasia" (backing track)
Introduction and Variations on the Carnival of Venice (arr. M. Morton for double bass and piano) (backing track): Introduction and Variations on the Carnival of Venice (backing track)
Melodia, "Romanza patetica" (arr. M. Morton for double bass and piano) (backing track): Melodia, "Romanza patetica" (backing track)
Variations on Nel cor piu non mi sento from Paisiello's La Molinara (arr. M. Morton for double bass and piano) (backing track): Variations on Nel cor piu non mi sento from Paisiello's La Molinara (backing track)
Romanza on Donizetti's L'Elisir d'amore (arr. M. Morton for double bass and piano) (backing track): Romanza on Donizetti's L'Elisir d'amore (backing track)
Capriccio bravura (arr. M. Morton for double bass and piano) (backing track): Capriccio bravura (backing track)
Fantasia on Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor (arr. M. Morton for double bass and piano) (backing track): Fantasia on Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor (backing track)

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Great recording of important repertoire August 27, 2013 By N. Miller See All My Reviews "Morton rises up to a difficult and unique challenge with this recording in that he not only plays the double bass parts, which are enough for any performer, but also the piano accompaniments. Both are performed very well and to great effect. The works of Bottesini are among the most important compositions in the double bass repertoire and this recording offers educated and intriguing interpretations of the works presented. Morton goes above and beyond with his sensitive phrasing and evocative use of color. Also of note is that fact that there is a c.d. of just the piano accompaniments included for anyone who wishes to study these pieces. This is a must have for any serious bass player." Report Abuse
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