Duo Brilliante

Arvid Engegard, Knut Erik Sundquist

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Original Recording Format: DXD

Giovanni Bottesini (1821–1889) may have been the best double bassist ever to walk the earth. He was born in Crema, Italy, and he studied with a certain Luigi Rossi at the music conservatory in Milan. When he applied to the conservatory, there were only openings for bassoon and double bass — plague or cholera — so he chose double bass.

Bottesini was a man of the opera. He wrote twelve operas, and he conducted many works by his contemporaries, among them, Donizetti, Bellini, and Verdi. And it is said that as entertainment during intermission he played variations on the themes of the evening on his bass. He also conducted the premiere of Verdi’s Aida in Cairo in 1871.

Grande Duo Concertante is one of Bottesini’s most popular pieces. With its blinding virtuosity and blend of riveting drama and more straightforward melodies, it is an audience favourite. Gran Allegro ”Alla Mendelssohn” draws its inspiration from the first movement of Mendelssohn’s violin concerto. Bottesini was an ardent admirer of Mendelssohn.

Tracklist

1.
Wieniawski: Polonaise Brillante No. 2, Op. 21
08:41
2.
Bottesini: Grande Allegro ??Alla Mendelssohn
12:06
3.
Svendsen: Romanse for fiolin og orkester, Op. 26
07:36
4.
Borgstrøm: Romanse for fiolin og orkester, Op. 12
07:51
5.
Bottesini: Gran Duo Concertante
14:48

Total time: 00:51:02

Additional information

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LWC1080

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Mastering Engineer

Thomas Wolden

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Producer

Vegard Landaas

Recording Engineer

Thomas Wolden

Recording location

NRK Radio Concert Hall

Recording Software

Merging

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD256

Release Date June 19, 2015

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