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Gioachino Rossini: String Sonatas Nos 1-3; Franz Anton Hoffmeister: Solo Quartets Nos 1 & 2

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The works gathered here hail from two different sets of string quartets: the four so-called Solo Quartetsby Franz Anton Hoffmeisterand GioachinoRossini’s six String Sonatas(or Sonatea 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 Niekde Grootwho takes up Hoffmeister’schallenge in the company of a Finnish trio consisting of Minna Pensola, Antti Tikkanenand TuomasLehto. Niekde Groot has also edited the score of the first of the Hoffmeisterquartets, which is here recorded for the first time.
Item number BIS2317
Barcode 7318599923178
Release date 01/01/2018
Category Sonatas
Label BIS Records
Media type HYBRID SACD
Number of units 1
Artists Pensola, Minna
Tikkanen, Antti
Lehto, Tuomas
Groot, Niek de
Composers Rossini, Gioachino
Hoffmeister, Franz Anton
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