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BOTTESINI: Music for Double Bass and Piano, Vol. 2

Composer(s):Bottesini, Giovanni
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicConcertosInstrumentalVocal
Catalogue 8.557042
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Giovanni Bottesini enjoyed a globe-trotting career as “the Paganini of the double bass”. He was also a successful conductor and a composer, although only the music he wrote for his own instrument has outlived him. Many of the works on this recording emphasize the essential bel canto quality of Bottesini’s inspiration, most explicitly in the dazzling Bellini Fantasia, but also in the duets with clarinet and soprano which demand virtuosity of both feeling and technique. The Concerto No. 2 is a fully mature work, from the 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.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,March 2008

The Canadian-born virtuoso of the double-bass, Joel Quarrington, once again walks Giovanni Bottesini’s musical tightrope in the second disc of impossible feats created by the boy who didn’t want to play the instrument. It all came about when the young Giovanni attended an entrance interview at the Milan Conservatory only to find they had just two places left, one for a bassoonist and the other for double bass. His father, so anxious for his son to become a musician, signed him up for the bass, and four years later he had become one of the finest exponents of the instrument in Italy. Named “the Paganini of the Double Bass” he toured bemusing audiences with his brilliance on an instrument not then known in the solo world. The problem he faced was finding music



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