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Tarantella
Giovanni Bottesini, Gioachino Rossini, Fritz Kreisler
Tarantella
Genres: Pop, Classical
 
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There have never been many compositions written for solo double bass. There probably never will be. But, as anyone who has heard bassist Edgar Meyer performing the Bach cello suites can attest, there's a lot that can be do...  more »

     
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There have never been many compositions written for solo double bass. There probably never will be. But, as anyone who has heard bassist Edgar Meyer performing the Bach cello suites can attest, there's a lot that can be done with the instrument. On Tarantella, we get a fascinating collection of more than a dozen 19th- and 20th-century miniatures arranged or written for double bass. Performed gorgeously by British double bassist Duncan McTier, joined by pianist Kathron Sturrock, the music made during this recital will dramatically change your perception about the double bass. From the flowing grace McTier injects into his arrangement of Kreisler's Liebesleid to his spirited bow attack on Reinhold Gliere's Tarantella Opus 9 No. 2, the technique is faultless. The bass sounds perfectly suited to these bonbons, and the recorded sound is excellent. Between the pretty music and the accomplished playing, this creative disc really is a knockout. --Jason Verlinde
 

CD Reviews

Fabulous Playing
12/23/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As a musician myself, i can honestly say this is the best bass playing i have ever heard. As said in somebody else's review the technique is faultless and the musicality is amazing! The Tarentella itself is inspiring to other musicians whether they be bass players or not. He takes full advantage of the music actually written for the bass and im sure people will be absolutely inspired by the way Duncan McTier plays the bass. This is a perfect stocking filler for all classical music lovers."
Great CD
Brian | Ohio, United States | 10/25/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Of all of the performances at the International Society of Bassists convention in 2001, Mr. McTier's was probably the closest to "flawless". It was a very humbling experience and this CD was a very satisfying follow up to my first Duncan McTier hearing. The only problem other than the lack of "meat" in the sound in the loud passages, is that the music tends to be very "safe"-in other words there isn't much of the music "between the lines", but the CD is still a wonderful addition to any bass CD library."
Bravissimo!
William Kostenko | Boise, ID United States | 03/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is an amazing disc, and by far one of the best bassist CD's ever released. McTier's interpretation of Bottesini is without peer, especially "Romanza Patetica" - the most sensitive and nuance filled interpretation I've ever heard.His choice of pieces is also interesting, including Rossini's "Une Larme pour Basse" - a simple and understated piece overlooked by virtuosos in search of fast and/or high register playing. Unless you're looking for a disc with McTier's take on the most popular virtuoso showpieces, you will not be disappointed with this. It's a well thought out and executed program of well and lesser known works."