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Rossini & Hoffmeister - Quartets with Double Bass

Composer Franz Anton Hoffmeister
Gioachino Rossini
Performer Tuomas Lehto
Minna Pensola
Antti Tikkanen
Niek de Groot
Period Classical
Catalogue Number BIS-2317 SACD
EAN 7318599923178
Format SACD Hybrid

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

Release date Nov 2017
Total time 68'33

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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  Gioachino Rossini
  Sonata No.1 in G major for two violins, cello and double bass 11'27
01 I. Moderato 5'07
02 II. Andante 3'52
03 III. Allegro 2'28
  Franz Anton Hoffmeister
  Solo Quartet No.1 in D major for double bass, violin, viola and cello 13'38
04 I. Allegro moderato 6'21
05 II. Adagio 4'06
06 III. Rondeau 3'11
  Gioachino Rossini
  Sonata No.2 in A major for two violins, cello and double bass 11'48
07 I. Allegro 7'11
08 II. Andante 2'33
09 III. Allegro 2'04
  Franz Anton Hoffmeister
  Solo Quartet No.2 in D major for double bass, violin, viola and cello 17'12
10 I. Allegro moderato 5'47
11 II. Menuetto – Trio 3'37
12 III. Andante 3'14
13 IV. Rondo 4'34
  Gioachino Rossini
  Sonata No.3 in C major for two violins, cello and double bass 12'40
14 I. Allegro 6'08
15 II. Andante 4'02
16 III. Moderato 2'30
  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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