Double Bass

The Double Bass

by Robert Oppelt
     
 
The first three works on The Double Bass: Robert Oppelt & Friends lean quite heavily toward showcasing the "friends" more than the double bass. Even Oppelt's own work, the "Pas de Deux for flute and double bass," seems more about the flute than his own instrument. The Debussy "Danses sacrée et profane" uses the double bass in a purely

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The first three works on The Double Bass: Robert Oppelt & Friends lean quite heavily toward showcasing the "friends" more than the double bass. Even Oppelt's own work, the "Pas de Deux for flute and double bass," seems more about the flute than his own instrument. The Debussy "Danses sacrée et profane" uses the double bass in a purely accompanimental fashion. The remaining three works on the program are quite different, putting the double bass squarely in the spotlight. Dragonetti's "Six Waltzes for solo double bass" allow listeners to experience precisely what the instrument is capable of without competing instruments. Where one bass is good, four basses are even better, at least in Gunther Schuller's magnificent "Quartet for Double Basses," a twelve-tone work that truly demonstrates the incredible range and sonorous possibilities that can be achieved with a quartet of double basses. The album ends with another strong work, Barnett's "Serenade for double bass, harp, and string quartet." True to its name, the bass is consistently in the forefront of this highly interactive composition. As for Oppelt's playing, there are definite ups and downs. As an accomplished orchestral musician, his left hand is wonderfully precise with nary a hint of intonation problems. His right hand is also quite precise and articulate. The problem arises with Oppelt's instrument itself. The liner notes describe it as his orchestra bass, an eighteenth century Italian instrument. Regrettably, even the finest orchestral bass does not necessarily work well as a solo instrument, and Oppelt's instrument definitely does not produce a soloistic sound. In all but the highest registers, it is quite unfocused and overly resonate for the more virtuosic demands made by the solo repertoire.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/2007
Label:
Msr Classics
UPC:
0681585122129
catalogNumber:
1221
Rank:
133087

Tracks

  1. Duo for cello and double bass in D major  - Gioachino Rossini  - David Hardy  - Robert Oppelt
  2. Pas de Deux, for flute & double bass  - Robert Oppelt  - Robert Oppelt  - Nicolette Oppelt
  3. Danses sacrée et profane, for chromatic harp & string orchestra, L. 103  - Claude Debussy  - Elisabeth Adkins  - Ruth Wicker  - Paula Akbar  - James Lee  - Robert Oppelt  - Dotian Levalier
  4. Waltzes (12), for double bass: Waltz 1. Vivace  - Domenico Dragonetti  - Robert Oppelt
  5. Waltzes (12), for double bass: Waltz 2. Presto  - Domenico Dragonetti  - Robert Oppelt
  6. Waltzes (12), for double bass: Waltz 3. Vivace  - Domenico Dragonetti  - Robert Oppelt
  7. Waltzes (12), for double bass: Waltz 4. Allegro  - Domenico Dragonetti  - Robert Oppelt
  8. Waltzes (12), for double bass: Waltz 5. Vivace  - Domenico Dragonetti  - Robert Oppelt
  9. Waltzes (12), for double bass: Waltz 6. Vivace  - Domenico Dragonetti  - Robert Oppelt
  10. Quartet for double basses  - Gunther Schuller  - Robert Oppelt  - Richard Barber  - Jeffrey Weisner  - Ali Yazdanfar
  11. Serenade, for double bass, harp & string quartet  - Charlie Barnett  - Elisabeth Adkins  - Ruth Wicker  - Paula Akbar  - James Lee  - Robert Oppelt  - Dotian Levalier

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