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Known to his contemporaries as the Paganini of the double bass, Giovanni Bottesini significantly extended the technical possibilities of the instrument both as a composer and virtuoso soloist.
After the Prelude to Ero e Leandro, Bottesini's greatest operatic masterpiece, this disc continues with the most popular of his compositions for the instrument among bassists today, the Concertino in C minor. In this work virtuosity is always at the service of musical ends.
The rarely performed Duo Concertante for Cello and Double Bass on Themes from Bellini’s I Puritani makes considerable technical demands of the soloists.
Giovanni Bottesini: Ero e Leandro: Prelude
Ero e Leandro: Prelude
Giovanni Bottesini: Double Bass Concertino in C minor (version of Double Bass Concerto No. 2 for double bass and strings)
III. Finale: Allegro
Giovanni Bottesini: Il diavolo della notte: Sinfonia
Il diavolo della notte: Sinfonia
Giovanni Bottesini: Passione amorose (orch. G. Veneri)
I. Allegro deciso
Giovanni Bottesini: Elegy No. 1 in D major (arr. for double bass and orchestra)
Elegy No. 1 in D major (arr. for double bass and orchestra)
Giovanni Bottesini: Ali Baba: Overture
Ali Baba: Overture
Giovanni Bottesini: Duo concertant on themes from Bellini's I Puritani
Duo concertant on themes from Bellini's I Puritani
“…you could hardly imagine the music better performed by all concerned”
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