Rossini - 6 Sonate a quattro; Bottesini - Gran Duo Concertante | Australian Eloquence ELQ4825103

Rossini - 6 Sonate a quattro; Bottesini - Gran Duo Concertante

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Label: Australian Eloquence

Cat No: ELQ4825103

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Release Date: 30th September 2016

Contents

Artists

Salvatore Accardo (violin)
Sylvie Gazeau (violin)
Alain Meunier (cello)
Franco Petracchi (double bass)
Bruno Canino (piano)
Luciano Vicari (violin)
Lucio Buccarella (double bass)
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Works

Bottesini, Giovanni

Gran Duo Concertante for violin, double-bass and strings

Rossini, Gioacchino

Duetto in D major for cello and double bass
Sonate a quattro (6)
Un Mot a Paganini
Une Larme (arr. for Double Bass)

Artists

Salvatore Accardo (violin)
Sylvie Gazeau (violin)
Alain Meunier (cello)
Franco Petracchi (double bass)
Bruno Canino (piano)
Luciano Vicari (violin)
Lucio Buccarella (double bass)
I Musici

About

In the summer of 1804 while on a summer holiday in the village of Conventello near Ravenna, Rossini, then aged twelve, composed his six Sonate a quattro for two violins, cello and double bass.

Many years later, the composer wrote on the front of the manuscript: ‘First violin, second violin, violoncello and contrabass parts for six horrendous sonatas composed by me at the country house (near Ravenna) of my friend and patron, Agostinio Triossi, at the most youthful age, having not even had a lesson in thorough-bass. They were all composed and copied in three days and performed in a doggish way by Triossi, contrabass; Morini (his cousin), first violin; the latter’s brother, violoncello; and the second violin by myself, who was, to tell the truth, the least doggish.’

Known also in orchestrated versions as the ‘String Sonatas’, they are rarer in these original versions. Together with musicians with whom he has worked closely, Salvatore Accardo recorded these in 1978 in Switzerland. They were issued the following year and, according to Tully Potter, who writes the notes for this release, ‘have acquired mythical status and are unlikely to be surpassed: the original two-LP set has been changing hands for three-figure sums but this is the first complete international CD reissue on Decca’. Three smaller Rossini works complete the disc which is then filled out by the more extensive Gran Duo Concertante for violin, double bass and strings by Dragonetti’s successor as king of the double bassists, Giovanni Bottesini.

‘In the hands of the splendid team assembled here, the effect is enormously exhilarating. As well as virtuosity from all, there is an uncommon purity of intonation and the kind of tonal nuance that makes it clear that sensitivity, not exhibitionism, is the ruly factor, though the players respond with evident zest to Rossini’s flights of ebullience. [...] Very strongly recommended.’ - Gramophone, April 1981 (Sonate a quattro)

‘superbly played here, with first-class unanimity and the utmost finesse’ - Gramophone, April 1981 (Duetto)

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