Double Bass Concerto: Works by Rota, Bloch & Bruch | Pan Classics PC10354

Double Bass Concerto: Works by Rota, Bloch & Bruch

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Label: Pan Classics

Cat No: PC10354

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 17th June 2016

Contents

Artists

Boguslaw Furtok (double bass)
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Peter Zelienka

Works

Bloch, Ernest

Schelomo (Hebraic Rhapsody for cello and orchestra)

Bruch, Max

Kol Nidrei, op.47

Rota, Nino

Divertimento Concertante for Double Bass and Orchestra

Artists

Boguslaw Furtok (double bass)
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Peter Zelienka

About

‘When I first heard the Divertimento Concertante for double bass and orchestra by Nino Rota, I immediately recognised that it was one of the best ever compositions for double bass. The work provides a complete image of both technical and also creative possibilities which can be displayed by a double bass virtuoso, not to mention the wonderful melodies which would perhaps not be at all anticipated on this instrument! Right at the beginning, I recognised that Schelomo by Ernest Bloch - originally composed for violoncello – would also be perfectly suited for performance on the double bass. The lower notes and the melodies played by the double bass sound just as good and fascinating as on the cello. There are also a few passages which in my opinion sound even “deeper” and “darker” on the bass. Recording Max Bruch’s Kol Nidrei was just as great a challenge. The work has been part of the double bass repertoire for many years despite the inherent difficulty of shaping and communicating these wonderful melodies.’ - Boguslaw Furtok

Boguslaw Furtok was born in Katowice, Poland and has been taking double-bass lessons since the age of 9. His post-graduate studies brought him to Germany where he studied with Prof. Günter Klaus at the Frankfurt Academy of Music and Performing Arts, and in 1995 he was appointed principal double-bassist of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. A succesful prizewinner at many major competitions he has formed a duo with pianist Ewa Warykiewicz, with whom he performs a wide range of works from the double-bass repertoire and including special transcriptions of works originally for cello and violin to further establish the double bass as a solo instrument.

Reviews

Composers should write more music to showcase this wonderful instrument. Furtok plays with a luscious depth of tone and remarkable sweetness. These works demand exterity, which he provides energetically.  Elinor Cooper
BBC Music Magazine September 2016

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