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

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
After a hiatus of more than 10 years since the release of Vol. 1 of bassist Joel Quarrington's performance of Bottesini's music for double bass and piano, the anticipation for the release of Vol. 2 was high for fans of the double bass. As in Vol. 1, this installment offers listeners some of Bottesini's more frequently performed works -- such as the "Third Gran Duetto," the "Second Concerto" heard here in its version for bass and piano, and the "Duetto for Clarinet and Bass" -- as well as some less familiar compositions. Quarrington's performance throughout combines the best aspects of rhythmically solid, well-in-tune orchestral playing with beautiful, singing solo ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
After a hiatus of more than 10 years since the release of Vol. 1 of bassist Joel Quarrington's performance of Bottesini's music for double bass and piano, the anticipation for the release of Vol. 2 was high for fans of the double bass. As in Vol. 1, this installment offers listeners some of Bottesini's more frequently performed works -- such as the "Third Gran Duetto," the "Second Concerto" heard here in its version for bass and piano, and the "Duetto for Clarinet and Bass" -- as well as some less familiar compositions. Quarrington's performance throughout combines the best aspects of rhythmically solid, well-in-tune orchestral playing with beautiful, singing solo playing in the highest registers of the instrument. Despite the best efforts of pianist Andrew Burashko, the piano's sound throughout this album is somewhat clumsy and intrusive, particularly in the works most listeners might be accustomed to hearing with orchestra. As such, the collaborations that minimize the piano's role are the most successful. The colors and textures created by Quarrington and clarinetist James Campbell are entirely satisfying, and the usually clear and energetic duo performance featuring bassist Harold Hall Robinson proves that under the right circumstances, two basses playing together needn't be muddy. The most gratifying and surprising combination of sounds, though, comes from the addition of soprano Monica Whicher, whose vocal quality brilliantly complements the dark, rich sounds of the double bass.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2008
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313204229
  • Catalog Number: 8557042
  • Sales rank: 149,420

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–2 Grand Duetto No. 3, for 2 double basses - Giovanni Bottesini & Joel Quarrington (12:00)
  2. 3–5 Double-bass Concerto No.2 in B minor - Giovanni Bottesini & Joel Quarrington (14:20)
  3. 4 Adagio melanconico ed appassionato, for double bass & piano - Giovanni Bottesini & Joel Quarrington (6:35)
  4. 5 Duetto for clarinet & double bass - James Campbell & Giovanni Bottesini (9:39)
  5. 6 Fantasia on "Beatrice di Tenda" for double bass & piano - Giovanni Bottesini & Joel Quarrington (11:03)
  6. 7 Romanza on "Une Bouche Aimée" for double-bass & piano - Keith Anderson & Giovanni Bottesini (5:12)
  7. 8 Tutto che il mondo serra, for voice, double bass & piano (transcription of Chopin's Etude, Op. 25/7) - Keith Anderson & Giovanni Bottesini (4:47)
  8. 9 Meditazione (Aria di Bach: Air on the G string), for double bass & piano - Giovanni Bottesini & Joel Quarrington (5:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joel Quarrington Primary Artist
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