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Rossini: String Sonatas - Hoffmeister: Solo Quartets


Release Date: 01/05/2018 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2317  
Composer:  Gioachino RossiniFranz Anton Hoffmeister
Performer:  Tuomas LehtoMinna PensolaAntti TikkanenNiek De Groot
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The works gathered here hail from two different sets of string quartets: the four so-called Solo Quartets by Franz Anton Hoffmeister and Gioachino Rossini’s six String Sonatas. Both sets differ from the ‘normal’ configuration in that they allow a double bass to take part, albeit in different ways. 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 – albeit with occasional virtuosic outbursts. 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 chose a different solution than Rossini and gave his double Read more 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. Niek de Groot has also edited the score of the first of the Hoffmeister quartets, which is here recorded for the first time.

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REVIEW:

Rossini needs no introduction but Franz Anton Hoffmeister (1754-1812) might be best known for lending his name to a quartet by Mozart that he published in 1786. The Dutch bassist Niek de Groot is heroic in his starring role, as virtuoso as you like and characterising admirably across a spectrum from melodic to gruff and serious to witty. Expect no revelations from these pieces. They are, nonetheless, entertaining, effortlessly enjoyable and beautifully performed.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata a quattro no 1 in G 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 
2.
Quartet for Double Bass, Violin, Viola and Cello no 1 in D major by Franz Anton Hoffmeister
Performer:  Niek De Groot (Double Bass), Antti Tikkanen (Viola), Minna Pensola (Violin),
Tuomas Lehto (Cello)
3.
Sonata a quattro no 2 in A 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.
Quartet for Double Bass, Violin, Viola and Cello no 2 in D major by Franz Anton Hoffmeister
Performer:  Niek De Groot (Double Bass), Antti Tikkanen (Viola), Minna Pensola (Violin),
Tuomas Lehto (Cello)
Period: Classical 
5.
Sonata a quattro no 3 in C 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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