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Composer(s):Bottesini, GiovanniTraditional
Artist(s) Martin, Thomas, double bass • Halstead, Anthony, piano • Fugelle, Jacquelyn, soprano
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumentalVocal
Catalogue 8.570400
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Giovanni Bottesini, an accomplished and respected conductor, also enjoyed a globe-trotting career as “the Paganini of the double bass”. For this recording manuscript sources have been used for his Fantasia on Bellini’s La sonnambula, Variations on Nel cor più non mi sento from Paisiello’s La molinara, arrangements of famous works such as Chopin’s Étude in C sharp minor, Op. 25 No. 7, the Air from Bach’s third Orchestral Suite and other pieces. Volumes 1–3 of this series are available on 8.570397, 8.570398 and 8.570399.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,February 2009

If Giovanni Bottesini’s father had not looked so greedily at the prospect of enrolling his son in the Milan Conservatoire, we would never have had the greatest double-bass showpieces ever composed. The story has oft been told that on finding places were left only for bassoon and double-bass, he signed his young son into the double-bass class though the boy had never played the instrument. Still only a teenager he became the greatest exponent ever known in the mid 19th century, and to make sure he had no rivals, he composed music of a difficulty only he could play them. Today they still pose a massive challenge, a fact that Thomas Martin cannot hide. Its not just a question of dexterity, but one of pitching the notes high on the fingerboard and exerting



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