BOTTESINI: MU­SIC FOR DOU­BLE BASS AND PI­ANO VOL 2

Joel Quar­ring­ton (dou­ble bass), Andrew Burashko (pi­ano) Naxos 8.557042

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - MICHAEL DER­VAN

Gio­vanni Bottesini (1821-1889) was an all-rounder. He com­posed 10 op­eras, con­ducted the Cairo pre­miere of Verdi’s Aida, held im­por­tant posts with opera com­pa­nies in a num­ber of coun­tries, and, with the back­ing of Verdi, be­came di­rec­tor of the Parma Con­ser­va­tory. But mostly he was “the Pa­ganini of the dou­ble bass”, who could play “as though he had a hun­dred nightin­gales caged in his dou­ble bass”. The world of 19th-cen­tury Ital­ian opera is never far away in the pieces col­lected here, which in­clude a con­certo (with pi­ano, as in­tended), works that blend in clar­inet and voice, and a duet for two dou­ble basses. Joel Quar­ring­ton’s play­ing is by turns lyri­cal, el­e­gant, agile and gruff, mak­ing this a most elo­quent show­case. www.naxos.com

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