The Double Bass - Rossini, Oppelt, etc / Robert Oppelt

Album Summary

>Rossini, Gioachino : Duo for cello and double bass in D major
>Oppelt, Robert : Pas de Deux, for flute & double bass
>Debussy, Claude : Danse sacree et danse profane
>Dragonetti, Domenico : Waltzes (12), for double bass
>Schuller, Gunther : Quartet for double basses
>Barnett, Charlie : Serenade, for double bass, harp & string quartet
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Notes & Reviews:

Born in Richmond, Kentucy, Robert Oppelt was encouraged by his musician parents to study the double-bass at age 15 and advanced very quickly. After only two years of playing he became Principal Bass with the Stamford (CT) Symphony Orchestra. After attending the North Carolina School of the Arts, he served as Principal Bass of the Greensboro (NC) Symphony. In 1982 he auditioned for the National Symphony Orchestra and was invited to join the bass section by Mstislav Rostropovich. Two years later he became Assistant Principal Bass and then became Principal in 1996. During his professional career he has performed with such musicians as Yo-Yo Ma, Hillary Hahn and Joseph Kalichstein. This disc, a wonderful demonstration not only of his talents but also of nine of his fellow National Symphony musicians, features some familiar classics but mostly includes some highly unusual original material. This CD is also dedicated to making the public aware of ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's Disease), and portions of the proceeds go to ALS research.



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>Rossini, Gioachino : Duo for cello and double bass in D major
  • Performers: Robert Oppelt (Double Bass); David Hardy (Cello)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1824

>Oppelt, Robert : Pas de Deux, for flute & double bass
  • Performers: Nicolette Oppelt (Flute); Robert Oppelt (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Debussy, Claude : Danse sacrée et danse profane
  • Performers: Paula Akbar (Violin); Dotian Levalier (Harp); Ruth Wicker (Viola); Robert Oppelt (Double Bass); Elisabeth Adkins (Violin); James Lee (Cello)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1904.
  • Running Time: 10 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904

>Dragonetti, Domenico : Waltzes (12), for double bass :: Waltz 1. Vivace
  • Performer: Robert Oppelt (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Dragonetti, Domenico : Waltzes (12), for double bass :: Waltz 2. Presto
  • Performer: Robert Oppelt (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Dragonetti, Domenico : Waltzes (12), for double bass :: Waltz 3. Vivace
  • Performer: Robert Oppelt (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Dragonetti, Domenico : Waltzes (12), for double bass :: Waltz 4. Allegro
  • Performer: Robert Oppelt (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Dragonetti, Domenico : Waltzes (12), for double bass :: Waltz 5. Vivace
  • Performer: Robert Oppelt (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Dragonetti, Domenico : Waltzes (12), for double bass :: Waltz 6. Vivace
  • Performer: Robert Oppelt (Double Bass)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Schuller, Gunther : Quartet for double basses
  • Performers: Jeffrey Weisner (Double Bass); Robert Oppelt (Double Bass); Ali Yazdanfar (Double Bass); Richard Barber (Double Bass)
  • Notes: Saint Luke Catholic Church, McLean, VA (10/11/1999-10/12/1999)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1947

>Barnett, Charlie : Serenade, for double bass, harp & string quartet
  • Performers: Paula Akbar (Violin); Dotian Levalier (Harp); Ruth Wicker (Viola); Robert Oppelt (Double Bass); Elisabeth Adkins (Violin); James Lee (Cello)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2001