Garden Scene

Garden Scene

by Joel Quarrington
     
 

Double bassist Joel Quarrington's 2009 release on the Analekta label is entitled Garden Scene. The title comes from the opening piece on the program, a section of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's 1920 incidental music to the Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing. Though it began as an orchestral work, was later transcribed forSee more details below

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Double bassist Joel Quarrington's 2009 release on the Analekta label is entitled Garden Scene. The title comes from the opening piece on the program, a section of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's 1920 incidental music to the Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing. Though it began as an orchestral work, was later transcribed for violin and piano, and ultimately reworked by Quarrington for double bass and piano, listeners unfamiliar with the piece will easily be convinced that Korngold wrote it with the double bass in mind. Korngold's velvety, lyrical style perfectly matches Quarrington's approach to his instrument, which once again proves that the deepest member of the string family need not be clumsy. Quarrington programs several other pieces that focus on the legato, melodic possibilities of his instrument, including the popular and sentimental Bottesini "Elegy in D" and the "Prelude" and "Intermezzo" (Opp. 32 and 9, respectively) of Reinhold Glière. The J.C. Bach "Concerto" (actually written by Henri Casadesus) offers listeners a change of pace, the third movement of which demonstrates Quarrington's considerable right-arm technique as he deftly articulates all of the rapid passages as easily as if he were playing it on the concerto's originally intended viola. While all of these works are certainly engaging and satisfying, Quarrington saves what may be the best for last: Mieczyslaw Weinberg's "Sonata for Solo Contrabass, Op. 108." It is refreshing to hear the bass by itself, unencumbered by the need to project over a piano. In this very Shostakovich-like composition, Quarrington is able to demonstrate his full range of impressive tone color, precise left-hand technique, and keen musical insight.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/29/2009
Label:
Analekta
UPC:
0774204993122
catalogNumber:
29931
Rank:
120351

Tracks

  1. Much Ado About Nothing, suite from the incidental music for violin & piano, Op. 11: Garden Scene  - Erich Wolfgang Korngold  - Joel Quarrington  - Andrew Burashko  - François Mario Labbé
  2. Elegy for double bass & piano No. 1 in D major  - Giovanni Bottesini  - Joel Quarrington  - Andrew Burashko  - François Mario Labbé
  3. Concerto for cello (or viola) & orchestra in C minor (falsely attrib. to J.C. Bach)  - Henri Casadesus  - Joel Quarrington  - Andrew Burashko  - François Mario Labbé
  4. Prelude & Scherzo for double bass & piano, Op. 32  - Reinhold Glière  - Joel Quarrington  - Andrew Burashko  - François Mario Labbé
  5. Intermezzo and Tarantella for double bass & piano, Op. 9  - Reinhold Glière  - Joel Quarrington  - Andrew Burashko  - François Mario Labbé
  6. Sonata for solo contrabass, Op. 108  - Mieczyslaw Weinberg  - Joel Quarrington  - François Mario Labbé

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