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Bottesini: Music For Double Bass And Piano Vol 2


Release Date: 03/25/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557042   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Giovanni BottesiniJohann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Joel QuarringtonAndrew BurashkoHarold Hall RobinsonJames Campbell,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Giovanni Bottesini was not only among the most famous double bass players of his time, but was also a conductor of some distinction and a composer. He conducted the first performance of Verdi's opera Aida in Cairo in 1871 and won success with some, at least, of his own ten operas. Known to some as the Paganini of the double bass, he significantly extended the technical possibilities of the instrument.

"The Duetto for two basses is probably the earliest and most etude-like work on this disc, from a set of three dedicated to Bottesini’s teacher, Luigi Rossi. The Concerto No. 2, sometimes referred to as in A minor, or in B minor, for complicated reasons arising from old-fashioned tuning conventions, is a fully mature work,
Read more from the well proportioned, somewhat laconic first movement, through the simply singing second, to the third, driven by a rhythmic figure typical of the polonaise (and the Cuban bolero).

Other selections emphasize the essential vocality of Bottesini’s inspiration, most explicitly in the Bellini Fantasia, but stylistically so in the pairings of bass, always singing, now with clarinet, now with soprano. The anonymous texts are routine bourgeois expressions of popular Romantic sentiment; but in the case of Tutto che il mondo the music is very well known - Chopin’s Etude Op. 25, No. 7. The Bach transcription is perfectly straightforward. Can there be any instrument without a transcription of this piece? The Adagio melancolico projects that characteristic elegiac mood, demanding a virtuosity of feeling at least as much as of just technique, that Bottesini perfected for many of his stand-alone solo pieces."

Jeffrey L. Stokes
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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Double Bass no 2 in B minor by Giovanni Bottesini
Performer:  Joel Quarrington (Double Bass), Andrew Burashko (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; Italy 
2. Grand Duets (3) for 2 Double Basses: no 3 by Giovanni Bottesini
Performer:  Joel Quarrington (Double Bass), Harold Hall Robinson (Double Bass)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 
3. Elegy for Ernst by Giovanni Bottesini
Performer:  Joel Quarrington (Double Bass), Andrew Burashko (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
4. Duetto for Clarinet, Double Bass and Orchestra by Giovanni Bottesini
Performer:  Joel Quarrington (Double Bass), Andrew Burashko (Piano), James Campbell (Clarinet)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; Italy 
5. Fantasia on Bellini's "Beatrice di Tenda" by Giovanni Bottesini
Performer:  Joel Quarrington (Double Bass), Andrew Burashko (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; Italy 
6. Une Bouche Aimée by Giovanni Bottesini
Performer:  Joel Quarrington (Double Bass), Andrew Burashko (Piano), Monica Whicher (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; Italy 
7. Tutto che il mondo serra by Giovanni Bottesini
Performer:  Joel Quarrington (Double Bass), Andrew Burashko (Piano), Monica Whicher (Soprano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 19th Century; Italy 
8. Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Joel Quarrington (Double Bass), Andrew Burashko (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 

Sound Samples

3 Grand Duos: Duo No. 3: I. Andantino
3 Grand Duos: Duo No. 3: II. Presto
Double Bass Concertino in C minor (version of Double Bass Concerto No. 2 for double bass and strings): I. Moderato
Double Bass Concertino in C minor (version of Double Bass Concerto No. 2 for double bass and strings): II. Andante
Double Bass Concertino in C minor (version of Double Bass Concerto No. 2 for double bass and strings): III. Finale: Allegro
Adagio melanconico ed appasionato, "Elegie par Ernst"
Duet for Clarinet and Double Bass
Fantasia on Bellini's Beatrice di Tenda
Une bouche aimee
Tutto che il mondo serra (trans. of Etude No. 19 in C sharp minor, Op. 25, No. 7 by Chopin)
Bach - Overture (Suite) No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: II. Air, "Air on a G String"

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