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Rossini & Hoffmeister - Quartets with Double Bass

Catalogue numberBIS-2317 SACD
Release date2017-11-10
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time68:33

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 (or Sonate a quattro). 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 (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. Niek de Groot has also edited the score of the first of the Hoffmeister quartets, which is here recorded for the first time.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Rossini, Gioachino
  Sonata No.1 in G major for two violins, cello and double bass 11:27
01 I. Moderato 05:07 $ 1.25 USD
02 II. Andante 03:52 $ 0.94 USD
03 III. Allegro 02:28 $ 0.63 USD
  Composer: Hoffmeister, Franz Anton
  Solo Quartet No.1 in D major for double bass, violin, viola and cello 13:38
04 I. Allegro moderato 06:21 $ 1.53 USD
05 II. Adagio 04:06 $ 0.99 USD
06 III. Rondeau 03:11 $ 0.81 USD
  Composer: Rossini, Gioachino
  Sonata No.2 in A major for two violins, cello and double bass 11:48
07 I. Allegro 07:11 $ 1.73 USD
08 II. Andante 02:33 $ 0.62 USD
09 III. Allegro 02:04 $ 0.53 USD
  Composer: Hoffmeister, Franz Anton
  Solo Quartet No.2 in D major for double bass, violin, viola and cello 17:12
10 I. Allegro moderato 05:47 $ 1.40 USD
11 II. Menuetto – Trio 03:37 $ 0.88 USD
12 III. Andante 03:14 $ 0.78 USD
13 IV. Rondo 04:34 $ 1.12 USD
  Composer: Rossini, Gioachino
  Sonata No.3 in C major for two violins, cello and double bass 12:40
14 I. Allegro 06:08 $ 1.49 USD
15 II. Andante 04:02 $ 0.99 USD
16 III. Moderato 02:30 $ 0.72 USD
  Album total 68:33
ViolinPensola, Minna
Tikkanen, Antti
CelloLehto, Tuomas
Double bassde Groot, Niek
ComposerHoffmeister, Franz Anton
Rossini, Gioachino
ViolaTikkanen, Antti
Arrangerde Groot, Niek

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