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Rossini: Sonatas for Strings Nos. 1-3 - Hoffmeister: Double Bass Quartets Nos. 1 & 2



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The works gathered here hail from two different sets of string quartets: the four so-called Solo Quartets by Franz Anton Hoffmeister and Gioachino Rossini’s six String Sonatas. Both sets differ from the ‘normal’ configuration in that they allow a double bass to take part, albeit in different ways. Rossini, who composed his sonatas at the age of 12, left out the viola and gave the double bass a more or less conventional bass role – albeit with occasional virtuosic outbursts. The sonatas were first published in an arrangement for traditional string quartet and are often heard performed by string orchestras. In Vienna, where he was active as a composer and music publisher, Hoffmeister chose a different solution than Rossini and gave his double bass player a leading role in the ensemble, letting it replace the first violin. It was no coincidence that this happened in Vienna – considering the amount of solo works for the double bass composed there, the standard of playing must have been exceptional. On the present recording, it is the Dutch player Niek de Groot who takes up Hoffmeister’s challenge in the company of a Finnish trio consisting of Minna Pensola, Antti Tikkanen and Tuomas Lehto. Niek de Groot has also edited the score of the first of the Hoffmeister quartets, which is here recorded for the first time.
Facts
Item number BIS-2317
Barcode 7318599923178
Release date 1/5/2018
Category Chamber Music
Label BIS
Media type SACD
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Pensola, Minna
Tikkanen, Antti
Lehto, Tuomas
Groot, Niek de
Disc: 1
Sonata for Strings No. 1 in G Major00:14:00
1 Sonata for Strings No. 1 in G Major: I. Moderato 00:05:07 Tikkanen, Antti Pensola, Minna Groot, Niek de Lehto, Tuomas
2 Sonata for Strings No. 1 in G Major: II. Andante 00:03:52 Tikkanen, Antti Pensola, Minna Groot, Niek de Lehto, Tuomas
3 Sonata for Strings No. 1 in G Major: III. Allegro 00:02:28 Tikkanen, Antti Pensola, Minna Groot, Niek de Lehto, Tuomas
Double Bass Quartet No. 1 in D Major00:13:41
4 Double Bass Quartet No. 1 in D Major: I. Allegro m 00:06:21 Tikkanen, Antti Pensola, Minna Groot, Niek de Lehto, Tuomas
5 Double Bass Quartet No. 1 in D Major: II. Adagio 00:04:06 Tikkanen, Antti Pensola, Minna Groot, Niek de Lehto, Tuomas
6 Double Bass Quartet No. 1 in D Major: III. Rondeau 00:03:11 Tikkanen, Antti Pensola, Minna Groot, Niek de Lehto, Tuomas
Sonata for Strings No. 2 in A Major00:12:00
7 Sonata for Strings No. 2 in A Major: I. Allegro 00:07:11 Tikkanen, Antti Pensola, Minna Groot, Niek de Lehto, Tuomas
8 Sonata for Strings No. 2 in A Major: II. Andante 00:02:33 Tikkanen, Antti Pensola, Minna Groot, Niek de Lehto, Tuomas
9 Sonata for Strings No. 2 in A Major: III. Allegro 00:02:04 Tikkanen, Antti Pensola, Minna Groot, Niek de Lehto, Tuomas
Double Bass Quartet No. 2 in D Major00:19:00
10 Double Bass Quartet No. 2 in D Major: I. Allegro m 00:05:47 Tikkanen, Antti Pensola, Minna Groot, Niek de Lehto, Tuomas
11 Double Bass Quartet No. 2 in D Major: II. Menuetto 00:03:37 Tikkanen, Antti Pensola, Minna Groot, Niek de Lehto, Tuomas
12 Double Bass Quartet No. 2 in D Major: III. Andante 00:03:14 Tikkanen, Antti Pensola, Minna Groot, Niek de Lehto, Tuomas
13 Double Bass Quartet No. 2 in D Major: IV. Rondo 00:04:34 Tikkanen, Antti Pensola, Minna Groot, Niek de Lehto, Tuomas
Sonata for Strings No. 3 in C Major00:14:23
14 Sonata for Strings No. 3 in C Major: I. Allegro 00:06:08 Tikkanen, Antti Pensola, Minna Groot, Niek de Lehto, Tuomas
15 Sonata for Strings No. 3 in C Major: II. Andante 00:04:02 Tikkanen, Antti Pensola, Minna Groot, Niek de Lehto, Tuomas
16 Sonata for Strings No. 3 in C Major: III. Moderato 00:02:30 Tikkanen, Antti Pensola, Minna Groot, Niek de Lehto, Tuomas
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