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BOTTESINI COLLECTION (The), Vol. 3

BOTTESINI COLLECTION (The), Vol. 3

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2009

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

Thomas Martin

double bass

Anthony Halstead

piano

Jacquelyn Fugelle

soprano

Engineer:

Dick Lewzey



Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Classical




Total Time - 71:55
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BOTTESINI COLLECTION (The), Vol. 3

 

GIOVANNI BOTTESINI

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1 

Fantasia on Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor

10:52
 Thomas Martin double bass
 Anthony Halstead piano
     
2 

Elegy No. 2 in E minor, "Romanza drammatica"

8:25
 Thomas Martin double bass
 Anthony Halstead piano
     
3 

Introduzione e Bolero

8:50
 Thomas Martin double bass
 Anthony Halstead piano
     
4 

Une bouche aimee

5:12
 Jacquelyn Fugelle soprano
 Thomas Martin double bass
 Anthony Halstead piano
     
5 

Capriccio bravura

9:14
 Thomas Martin double bass
 Anthony Halstead piano
     
6 

Elegy No. 1 in D major

5:24
 Thomas Martin double bass
 Anthony Halstead piano
     
7 

Fantasia on Bellini's Beatrice di Tenda

11:47
 Thomas Martin double bass
 Anthony Halstead piano
     
8 

Grande allegro di concerto, "alla Mendelssohn"

12:11
 Thomas Martin double bass
 Anthony Halstead piano


Giovanni Bottesini enjoyed a globe-trotting career as “the Paganini of the double bass” but was also an accomplished and respected conductor in Europe. When conducting operas Bottesini would often perform fantasies on the evening’s entertainment during the intermission. Two such fantasies, ‘Lucia di Lammermoor’ and ‘Beatrice di Tenda’, are virtuosic tours de force in which the complex double bass figurations mimic the coloratura vocal writing of the day. In keeping with this vocal style, this recording also includes the song Une bouche aimée with double bass obbligato, most likely performed on one of Bottesini’s frequent concert tours with various leading sopranos of the day.

"Back in 1982 and 1984 these recordings were Volume 2 of a four-disc collection (ASV 626, May/June 1989). That is still the largest collection of Bottesini that I know, and this new release sounds as good as the original with the possible proviso that the high frequencies are a hair less evident. This is not the most sophisticated playing available. Martin is a bit heavy in his vibrato and a bit crude in his intonation as well, though on the plus side he has a clear affection for the music and phrases with conviction. Fugelle, who sings ‘Une Bouche Aimee’, is a warm-voiced singer..."
 
David W Moore - American Record Guide - March 2009



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