Bottesini Collection Volume 1

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Bottesini Collection Volume 1



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31st March 2008




53 minutes


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Bottesini Collection Volume 1


Gran Duo Concertante for violin, double-bass & strings

Gran Concerto in F sharp minor

First recording of the original version

Thomas Martin (double bass), José-Luis Garcia (violin) & Emma Johnson (clarinet)

English Chamber Orchestra, Andrew Litton



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Giovanni Bottesini was not only among the most famous double bass virtuosos of his time, but he was also a distinguished conductor and composer. Known to some as the Paganini of the double bass, he significantly extended the technical possibilities of the instrument.

The Gran Concerto in F sharp minor is arguably Bottesini’s most accomplished and involved composition for the double bass in which the instrument’s resources are fully exploited with virtuoso passages and adventurous modulations. The popular Gran Duo Concertante, originally scored for two double basses, was reworked by Paganini’s only disciple, Camillo Sivori, who rewrote and greatly expanded one of the double bass parts for the violin.

Giovanni Bottesini: Gran duo concertante

Gran duo concertante

Giovanni Bottesini: Andante sostenuto

Andante sostenuto

Giovanni Bottesini: Duet for Clarinet and Double Bass

Duet for Clarinet and Double Bass

Giovanni Bottesini: Double Bass Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor

I. Allegro moderato

II. Andante

III. Finale: Allegro con fuoco

American Record Guide

“Thomas Martin certainly has the virtuoso qualifications”

Gramophone Magazine

“It's all easy and delightful to digest, especially if you like a good tune, and calculated to disperse any elephantine image you may have of the double-bass, a revelation in fact…Of the orchestral playing and the recording I can find only good things to say; the double-bass is comfortably audible, with its royal-purple sounds, but in believable perspective.”

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