Bottesini: Fantasia

Bottesini: Fantasia "La Sonnambula"

by Thomas Martin
     
 

The music of Giovanni Bottesini, the "Paganini of the double bass," has been subjected to a multi-disc examination by the indefatigable Naxos label. Players of the instrument may well want the entire series, but the present release may make a good choice for the general listener who wants just one. Its advantage is the variety of material, nicely arranged so as to be… See more details below

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The music of Giovanni Bottesini, the "Paganini of the double bass," has been subjected to a multi-disc examination by the indefatigable Naxos label. Players of the instrument may well want the entire series, but the present release may make a good choice for the general listener who wants just one. Its advantage is the variety of material, nicely arranged so as to be evocative of a concert spectacle of Bottesini's time. A nineteenth century concert would often include vocal as well as instrumental elements, and this disc includes some of Bottesini's songs. "Ci divide l'ocean" (track 9) is an attractive item still well known in Italy, and the presence of the songs serves to point up the vocal quality of Bottesini's melodic lines, nicely set off against passages in which the instrument is growling or whistling at its registral extremes. The double bass pieces themselves are a varied group, with the bow-shredding virtuosity reserved for last in the "Introduzione et Variazioni sul Carnaval de Venise."" Bach's "Air on a G string" is here, rechristened a "Meditazione," and there's a nifty evocation of Chopin, an operatic potpourri, variations, and several flat-out gorgeous tunes. Bassist Thomas Martin is equal to the challenges Bottesini throws at him, and the studio sound is above average. Booklet notes are in English only; song texts are given in Italian and English.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/24/2009
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313040070
catalogNumber:
8570400
Rank:
339856

Tracks

  1. Fantasia on Bellini's La Sonnambula, for double-bass & piano (or orchestra)  - Giovanni Bottesini  - Anthony Halstead  - Thomas Martin
  2. Romanza Patética, for double bass & piano  - Giovanni Bottesini  - Anthony Halstead  - Thomas Martin
  3. Allegretto Capriccio, for double bass & strings in F sharp minor ("à la Chopin")  - Giovanni Bottesini  - Anthony Halstead  - Thomas Martin
  4. Melodia ("Giovinetto innamorato che ti pasci di sospir"), for voice, double bass & piano  - Giovanni Bottesini  - Jacquelyn Fugelle  - Anthony Halstead  - Thomas Martin
  5. Tutto che il mondo serra, for voice, double bass & piano (transcription of Chopin's Etude, Op. 25/7)  - Giovanni Bottesini  - Jacquelyn Fugelle  - Anthony Halstead  - Thomas Martin
  6. Introduction and Gavotte in A major for double-bass & piano  - Giovanni Bottesini  - Anthony Halstead  - Thomas Martin
  7. Meditazione (Aria di Bach: Air on the G string), for double bass & piano  - Giovanni Bottesini  - Anthony Halstead  - Thomas Martin
  8. Fantasia on Paisello's La Molinara, for double bass & orchestra ("Nel cor più non mi sento")  - Giovanni Bottesini  - Anthony Halstead  - Thomas Martin
  9. Ci Divide l'Ocean, art song  - Giovanni Bottesini  - Jacquelyn Fugelle  - Anthony Halstead  - Thomas Martin
  10. Romanza, for voice, double bass & piano  - Giovanni Bottesini  - Jacquelyn Fugelle  - Anthony Halstead  - Thomas Martin
  11. Variations on a Scottish Air: Auld Robin Gray, for double bass & piano  - Giovanni Bottesini  - Anthony Halstead  - Thomas Martin
  12. Reverie for double bass & piano  - Giovanni Bottesini  - Anthony Halstead  - Thomas Martin
  13. Introduzione e Variazioni sul "Carnevale di Venezia", for double bass & piano  - Giovanni Bottesini  - Anthony Halstead  - Thomas Martin

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