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Rossini & Hoffmeister - Quartets with Double Bass, Vol. 2

Catalogue numberBIS-2318 SACD
Release date2019-01-10
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time76:38

This second and last volume completes two different sets of string quartets: the four so-called Solo Quartets by Franz Anton Hoffmeister and Gioachino Rossini’s six String Sonatas (or Sonate a quattro). Both sets differ from the ‘normal’ configuration in that they allow a double bass to take part, albeit in different roles. 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 – apart from the occasional virtuosic outburst. 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 (1754-1812) 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. Featuring the same team, Volume 1 (BIS-2317) was described by a reviewer in Gramophone as ‘entertaining, effortlessly enjoyable and beautifully performed’ upon its release in 2017.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Rossini, Gioachino
  Sonata No. 4 in B flat major 17:31
01 I. Allegro vivace 10:53 $ 2.63 USD
02 Andante 03:44 $ 0.91 USD
03 Allegretto 02:54 $ 0.74 USD
  Composer: Hoffmeister, Franz Anton
  Solo Quartet No. 3 in D major 13:29
04 Moderato 05:32 $ 1.34 USD
05 Adagio 04:06 $ 1.00 USD
06 Tempo di Menuetto - Var. 1-3 03:51 $ 0.97 USD
  Composer: Rossini, Gioachino
  Sonata No. 5 in E flat major 14:05
07 Allegro vivace 07:36 $ 1.84 USD
08 Andante 03:08 $ 0.76 USD
09 Allegretto 03:21 $ 0.84 USD
  Composer: Hoffmeister, Franz Anton
  Solo Quartet No. 4 in D major 14:08
10 Allegro moderato 04:12 $ 1.02 USD
11 Menuetto - Trio 03:17 $ 0.80 USD
12 Andante 03:38 $ 0.88 USD
13 Rondo 03:01 $ 0.77 USD
  Composer: Rossini, Gioachino
  Sonata No. 6 in D major 15:31
14 Allegro spiritosa 07:44 $ 1.87 USD
15 Andante assai 02:09 $ 0.52 USD
16 Tempesta. Allegro 05:38 $ 1.48 USD
  Album total 76:38
ComposerHoffmeister, Franz Anton
Rossini, Gioachino
ViolinPensola, Minna
Tikkanen, Antti
CelloLehto, Tuomas
Double bassde Groot, Niek
ViolaTikkanen, Antti

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