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Dialogues with Double Bass / Jeremy McCoy


Release Date: 02/22/2005 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9163   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John PatitucciGeorg Philipp TelemannMartin DalbySir Edward Elgar,   ... 
Performer:  Jeremy McCoyJohn PatitucciWhitney CrockettLaura Gilbert,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews





ROSSINI Duetto. PATITUCCI The Root. Grateful. TELEMANN Sonata No. 2. Read more style="font-family:'Arial Black'; font-size:10pt">BOTTESINI Gran Duetto No. 3. DALBY MacPherson?s Rant. GLIÈRE Cradle Song. ELGAR Duetto. FRANÇAIX Duo Baroque





This is a double-bass feast, featuring some unusual music in unusual instrumental combinations. Canadian-born Jeremy McCoy, a double bass-player in the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1985, has chosen a widely varied program ranging from Telemann to contemporary young composers. While Bottesini and Rossini are familiar names in the bass literature, who ever knew that Elgar wrote a little duet for trombone and double bass? (It only came to light in 1970.) True, it?s merely 58 seconds long, but well crafted and charming, and a novel addition to the bass repertoire. Also a lovely find is Glière?s little Cradle Song for viola and bass. All in all, McCoy could not have found a more proficient group of instrumentalists (many of them colleagues from the Met orchestra) to play with; the performances are all excellent.


Of the older works, the Telemann duo for bass and bassoon gives equal treatment to both instruments as they share material in a contrapuntal style. Rossini?s Duetto is virtuosic for both instruments, but especially for the cello, whose part is composed like a florid opera aria. John Patitucci (b. 1959) has been active in the jazz world as composer, player, writer, arranger, and teacher. He writes in a delightfully cool jazz style; his duet, Grateful , for electric bass and double bass, affords McCoy an opportunity to play a very lyrical solo. MacPherson?s Rant , Scottish-born Martin Dalby?s beguiling piece for three instruments of the flute family (one at a time!) along with the bass, calls for imaginative and virtuosic sounds from both players.


The longest work on the program is the four-movement sonata in Baroque style composed in 1980 by Jean Françaix for harp and bass. The outer movements are completely Gallic?perky, sharp rhythms, and a kind of brittle, nonchalant, but elegant style. The slow movement is lyrical, with each instrument given a long solo section, in which McCoy demonstrates his sensitive musicianship and excellent technique. A light, dance-like scherzo precedes the spirited finale.


This disc is recommended for its unusual repertoire and the top-notch performances, excellently recorded, which give it life.


FANFARE: Susan Kagan
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Works on This Recording

1.
The Root by John Patitucci
Performer:  Jeremy McCoy (Double Bass), John Patitucci (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 05/03/2004 
Venue:  Presbyterian Church, New Rochelle, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
2.
Sonatas (6) for 2 Flutes/Violins, Op. 5 "Melodious Canons": no 2 in G minor, TV 40 no 119 by Georg Philipp Telemann
Performer:  Jeremy McCoy (Double Bass), Whitney Crockett (Bassoon)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/15/2003 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NY 
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs. 
3.
MacPherson's Rant by Martin Dalby
Performer:  Laura Gilbert (Alto Flute), Laura Gilbert (Piccolo), Jeremy McCoy (Double Bass),
Laura Gilbert (Flute)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; Scotland 
Date of Recording: 02/29/2004 
Venue:  Presbyterian Church, New Rochelle, NY 
Length: 9 Minutes 17 Secs. 
4.
Duet by Sir Edward Elgar
Performer:  Jeremy McCoy (Double Bass), Demian Austin (Trombone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1887; England 
Date of Recording: 12/15/2003 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NY 
Length: 0 Minutes 58 Secs. 
5.
Grateful by John Patitucci
Performer:  Jeremy McCoy (Double Bass), John Patitucci (6-String Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 05/03/2004 
Venue:  Presbyterian Church, New Rochelle, NY 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
6.
Duo Baroque by Jean Françaix
Performer:  Jeremy McCoy (Double Bass), June Han (Harp)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1980 
Date of Recording: 02/29/2004 
Venue:  Presbyterian Church, New Rochelle, NY 
Length: 20 Minutes 40 Secs. 
7.
Grand Duets (3) for 2 Double Basses: no 3 by Giovanni Bottesini
Performer:  John Patitucci (Double Bass), Jeremy McCoy (Double Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
Date of Recording: 12/15/2003 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NY 
Length: 12 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Italy (1836 - 1839). 
8.
Pieces (8) for Violin and Cello, Op. 39: no 3, Cradle Song by Reinhold Gliere
Performer:  Ira Weller (Viola), Jeremy McCoy (Double Bass)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Russia 
Date of Recording: 12/15/2003 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts & Letters, NY 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
9.
Duo for Cello and Double Bass in D major by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Steven Doane (Cello), Jeremy McCoy (Double Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1824; Italy 
Date of Recording: 05/03/2004 
Venue:  Presbyterian Church, New Rochelle, NY 
Length: 13 Minutes 5 Secs. 

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