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

Composer Franz Anton Hoffmeister
Gioachino Rossini
Performer Tuomas Lehto
Minna Pensola
Antti Tikkanen
Niek de Groot
Period Classical
Catalogue Number BIS-2318 SACD
EAN 7318599923185
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Jan 2019
Total time 76'38


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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  Gioachino Rossini
  Sonata No. 4 in B flat major 17'50
01 I. Allegro vivace 10'58
02 Andante 3'47
03 Allegretto 3'05
 
 
  Franz Anton Hoffmeister
  Solo Quartet No. 3 in D major 13'46
04 Moderato 5'34
05 Adagio 4'10
06 Tempo di Menuetto - Var. 1-3 4'02
 
 
  Gioachino Rossini
  Sonata No. 5 in E flat major 14'20
07 Allegro vivace 7'39
08 Andante 3'10
09 Allegretto 3'31
 
 
  Franz Anton Hoffmeister
  Solo Quartet No. 4 in D major 14'26
10 Allegro moderato 4'14
11 Menuetto - Trio 3'19
12 Andante 3'41
13 Rondo 3'12
 
 
  Gioachino Rossini
  Sonata No. 6 in D major 16'08
14 Allegro spiritosa 7'48
15 Andante assai 2'11
16 Tempesta. Allegro 6'09
 
  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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