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Bottesini: Fantasias, etc / Thomas Martin, Anthony Halstead, et al

Album Summary

>Bottesini, Giovanni : Fantasia on Bellini's La Sonnambula, for double bass & piano (or orchestra)
>Bottesini, Giovanni : Romanza Patética, for double bass & piano
>Bottesini, Giovanni : Allegretto Capriccio, for double bass & strings in F sharp minor ("à la Chopin")
>Bottesini, Giovanni : Melodia (Giovinetto innamorato)
>Bottesini, Giovanni : Tutto che il mondo serra (transcription of Chopin's Etude no 19 in C sharp minor, Op. 25, no 7)
>Bottesini, Giovanni : Introduction and Gavotte, for double bass & piano in A major
>Bottesini, Giovanni : Meditazione (Aria di Bach) (arrangement of Bach's Suite no 3 in D major, BWV 1068, 2. Air, "Air on
>Bottesini, Giovanni : Fantasia on Paisello's La Molinara, for double bass & orchestra ("Nel cor più non mi sento")
>Bottesini, Giovanni : Ci divide l'ocean
>Bottesini, Giovanni : Romanza
>Bottesini, Giovanni : Variations on a Scottish Air Auld Robin Gray
>Bottesini, Giovanni : L'alba sul Bosforo Overture
>Bottesini, Giovanni : Introduction et Variations sur le Carnaval de Venise
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Giovanni Bottesini, an accomplished and respected conductor, also enjoyed a globe-trotting career as "the Paganini of the double bass". For this recording manuscript sources have been used for his 'Fantasia' on Bellini's 'La sonnambula', Variations on 'Nel cor piu non mi sento' from Paisiello's 'La molinara', arrangements of famous works such as Chopin's 'Etude in C sharp minor, Op. 25 No. 7', the 'Air' from Bach's third Orchestral Suite and other pieces.



Reviews

Boomy bass, Wobbly singer, Tinkly Piano
The balance is all wrong on this CD. The double bass is boomy and overspotlit, 'larger than life'. The singer is too wobbly and the words are smudged. The piano lacks bass and sounds like a tinkly upright in the room next door. This quite attractive music needs a better recording than this one. 3 stars for the music, 2 for the performance.
Submitted on 03/11/09 by William Rawlinson 
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Works Details

>Bottesini, Giovanni : Fantasia on Bellini's La Sonnambula, for double bass & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Anthony Halstead (Piano); Thomas Martin (Double Bass)
  • Notes: Studio 2, CTS Studios, Wembley, London, UK (03/26/1997-08/29/1997)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Bottesini, Giovanni : Romanza Patética, for double bass & piano
  • Performers: Anthony Halstead (Piano); Thomas Martin (Double Bass)
  • Notes: Studio 2, CTS Studios, Wembley, London, UK (03/26/1997-08/29/1997)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Bottesini, Giovanni : Allegretto Capriccio, for double bass & strings in F sharp minor ("à la Chopin")
  • Performers: Anthony Halstead (Piano); Thomas Martin (Double Bass)
  • Notes: Studio 2, CTS Studios, Wembley, London, UK (03/26/1997-08/29/1997)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Bottesini, Giovanni : Melodia (Giovinetto innamorato)
  • Performers: Anthony Halstead (Piano); Jacquelyn Fugelle (Soprano); Thomas Martin (Double Bass)
  • Notes: Studio 2, CTS Studios, Wembley, London, UK (03/26/1997-08/29/1997)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Bottesini, Giovanni : Tutto che il mondo serra (transcription of Chopin's Etude no 19 in C sharp minor, Op. 25, no 7)
  • Performers: Anthony Halstead (Piano); Jacquelyn Fugelle (Soprano); Thomas Martin (Double Bass)
  • Notes: Studio 2, CTS Studios, Wembley, London, UK (03/26/1997-08/29/1997)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Bottesini, Giovanni : Introduction and Gavotte, for double bass & piano in A major
  • Performers: Anthony Halstead (Piano); Thomas Martin (Double Bass)
  • Notes: Studio 2, CTS Studios, Wembley, London, UK (03/26/1997-08/29/1997)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Bottesini, Giovanni : Meditazione (Aria di Bach) (arrangement of Bach's Suite no 3 in D major, BWV 1068, 2. Air, "Air on :: Air on the G string), for double bass & piano
  • Performers: Anthony Halstead (Piano); Thomas Martin (Double Bass)
  • Notes: Studio 2, CTS Studios, Wembley, London, UK (03/26/1997-08/29/1997)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Bottesini, Giovanni : Fantasia on Paisello's La Molinara, for double bass & orchestra ("Nel cor più non mi sento")
  • Performers: Anthony Halstead (Piano); Thomas Martin (Double Bass)
  • Notes: Studio 2, CTS Studios, Wembley, London, UK (03/26/1997-08/29/1997)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Bottesini, Giovanni : Ci divide l'ocean
  • Performers: Anthony Halstead (Piano); Jacquelyn Fugelle (Soprano); Thomas Martin (Double Bass)
  • Notes: Studio 2, CTS Studios, Wembley, London, UK (03/26/1997-08/29/1997)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Bottesini, Giovanni : Romanza
  • Performers: Anthony Halstead (Piano); Jacquelyn Fugelle (Soprano); Thomas Martin (Double Bass)
  • Notes: Studio 2, CTS Studios, Wembley, London, UK (03/26/1997-08/29/1997)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Bottesini, Giovanni : Variations on a Scottish Air Auld Robin Gray :: Auld Robin Gray, for double bass & piano
  • Performers: Anthony Halstead (Piano); Thomas Martin (Double Bass)
  • Notes: Studio 2, CTS Studios, Wembley, London, UK (03/26/1997-08/29/1997)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Bottesini, Giovanni : L'alba sul Bosforo Overture
  • Performers: Anthony Halstead (Piano); Thomas Martin (Double Bass)
  • Notes: Studio 2, CTS Studios, Wembley, London, UK (03/26/1997-08/29/1997)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1870

>Bottesini, Giovanni : Introduction et Variations sur le Carnaval de Venise
  • Performers: Anthony Halstead (Piano); Thomas Martin (Double Bass)
  • Notes: Studio 2, CTS Studios, Wembley, London, UK (03/26/1997-08/29/1997)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic