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ROSSINI String Sonatas Nos 1 - 3 HOFFMEISTER Solo Quartets Nos 1 & 3. Minna Pensola, Antti Tikkanen, Tuomas Lehto, Niekde Groot. BIS Records SACD

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Rossini String Sonatas Hoffmeister Solo Quartets Bis Records Sacd

Gioachino Rossini:
Sonatas No. 1 in G major, No. 2 in A major & Sonata No. 3 in C major from Six String Sonatas for two violins, cello and double bass

Franz Anton Hoffmeister:
Solo Quartets No. 1 in D major (World Première Recording) & No. 2 in D major from Four Solo Quartets for double bass, violin, viola and cello

Minna Pensola, violin I
Antti Tikkanen, violin II / viola
Tuomas Lehto, cello
Niekde Groot, double bass

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.

BIS Records SACD BIS2317

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