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Minna Pensola, Antti Tikkanen, Tuomas Lehto, Niek de Groot – Rossini & Hoffmeister (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Minna Pensola, Antti Tikkanen, Tuomas Lehto, Niek de Groot – Rossini & Hoffmeister (2019)
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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.

Tracklist:
01. Sonata for Strings No. 4 in B-Flat Major: I. Allegro vivace
02. Sonata for Strings No. 4 in B-Flat Major: II. Andante
03. Sonata for Strings No. 4 in B-Flat Major: III. Allegretto
04. Double Bass Quartet No. 3 in D Major: I. Moderato
05. Double Bass Quartet No. 3 in D Major: II. Adagio
06. Double Bass Quartet No. 3 in D Major: III. Tempo di minuetto
07. Sonata for Strings No. 5 in E-Flat Major: I. Allegro vivace
08. Sonata for Strings No. 5 in E-Flat Major: II. Andante
09. Sonata for Strings No. 5 in E-Flat Major: III. Allegretto
10. Double Bass Quartet No. 4 in D Major: I. Allegro moderato
11. Double Bass Quartet No. 4 in D Major: II. Menuett
12. Double Bass Quartet No. 4 in D Major: III. Andante
13. Double Bass Quartet No. 4 in D Major: IV. Rondo
14. Sonata for Strings No. 6 in D Major: I. Allegro spirituoso
15. Sonata for Strings No. 6 in D Major: II. Andante assai
16. Sonata for Strings No. 6 in D Major: III. Allegro

Personnel:
Minna Pensola, violin
Antti Tikkanen, violin, viola
Tuomas Lehto, cello
Niek de Groot, double bass

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