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Franz Anton Hoffmeister: Double Bass Quartets 2, 3 & 4; Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata

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>Hoffmeister, Franz Anton : Solo Quartet No 2 for double bass, violin, viola & cello
>Hoffmeister, Franz Anton : Quartet for violin, viola, cello & double bass no 3 in D major
>Hoffmeister, Franz Anton : Quartet for violin, viola, cello & double bass no 4 in D major
>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D 821

Album Summary

>Hoffmeister, Franz Anton : Solo Quartet No 2 for double bass, violin, viola & cello
>Hoffmeister, Franz Anton : Quartet for violin, viola, cello & double bass no 3 in D major
>Hoffmeister, Franz Anton : Quartet for violin, viola, cello & double bass no 4 in D major
>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D 821
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Notes & Reviews:

The novelty of Franz Anton Hoffmeister's double bass quartets lies in his substitution of that husky-voiced instrument for the first violin in a regular string quartet line-up. Seldom heard in such a prominent position, the double bass reveals itself as a surprisingly expressive vehicle for Hoffmeister's melodic writing. It also gives an especially haunting melancholic quality to Schubert's much-loved Arpeggione Sonata, not merely in the Adagio, but also in the more agile outer movements.

"If the idea of a string quartet being led by a double bass seems unlikely, bass-player Norbert Duka's expressive, companionable way with Hoffmeister should win new converts." -BBC Music***

American Record Guide
Franz Anton Hoffmeister (1754-1812) was a quite prolific classical composer whose music has only been intermittently recorded so far. It isn't particularly serious in mood, but it is well worth exploring. Duka is a remarkable player with a lightness of touch that must have seemed even more remarkable in 1980 when these pieces were recorded... I would recommend this disc for the Hoffmeister alone.



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Works Details

>Hoffmeister, Franz Anton : Solo Quartet No 2 for double bass, violin, viola & cello
  • Performers: Norbert Duka (Double Bass); Martin Ostertag (Cello); Erno Sebestyen (Violin); Helmut Nicolai (Viola)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Hoffmeister, Franz Anton : Quartet for violin, viola, cello & double bass no 3 in D major
  • Performers: Norbert Duka (Double Bass); Martin Ostertag (Cello); Erno Sebestyen (Violin); Helmut Nicolai (Viola)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Hoffmeister, Franz Anton : Quartet for violin, viola, cello & double bass no 4 in D major
  • Performers: Martin Ostertag (Cello); Erno Sebestyen (Violin); Helmut Nicolai (Viola); Norbert Duka (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Schubert, Franz : Sonata for Arpeggione in A minor, D 821
  • Performers: Norbert Duka (Double Bass); Phillip Moll (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 11/1824