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Music for Bass and Harp

KTC 1685 . 1CD . 8711801016856 . 01/12/2020 . Etcetera Records

Music for Bass and Harp

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Composer(s):
  • Giovanni Bottesini (1821-1889)
  • Max Bruch (1838-1920)
  • Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
  • Jean-Claude Gengembre (1975)
  • Jules Massenet (1842-1912)
  • Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
  • Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

“The double bass is the most hideous, clumsy and inelegant instrument that has ever been invented. It is the Quasimodo of the orchestra. [...] It is impossible to get anything beautiful out of it, if the word still has any meaning at all. None can do this, not even the greatest soloists”.

These words are given to the somewhat irascible protagonist of Patrick Süskind’s play The Double Bass, in which the alternation of delicious and obscure passages about his instrument can sometimes move us to the point of discomfort; this recording, however, takes a completely different tack. The union of double bass and harp creates a unique sound world; these pieces for the two instruments, originals as well as transcriptions, lead us on a gentle journey through several periods and countries. This highly varied panorama provides a mix of introspective works, using the genres of prayer, elegy, waltz, romance, tango, tarantella and meditation. The double bass departs from its traditional role and reminds us that it too is endowed with expressive qualities: it can sing and so not only evokes the worlds of opera and of ballet, but also voices an inner world of emotions.

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Track listing

1 Elegie 04:08
artists: 'Mathieu Petit' 'Anne Le Roy'
composers: 'Giovanni Bottesini (1821-1889)'
2 Kol Nidrei 08:54
artists: 'Mathieu Petit' 'Anne Le Roy'
composers: 'Max Bruch (1838-1920)'
3 Romance en La mineur 04:06
artists: 'Mathieu Petit' 'Anne Le Roy'
composers: 'Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)'
4 Cinq Valses Miniatures - 1. Clair-obscur 02:26
artists: 'Mathieu Petit' 'Anne Le Roy'
composers: 'Jean-Claude Gengembre (1975)'
5 Cinq Valses Miniatures - 2. En s’étiolant la valse... 02:33
artists: 'Mathieu Petit' 'Anne Le Roy'
composers: 'Jean-Claude Gengembre (1975)'
6 Cinq Valses Miniatures - 3. Danse des boiteux 02:59
artists: 'Mathieu Petit' 'Anne Le Roy'
composers: 'Jean-Claude Gengembre (1975)'
7 Cinq Valses Miniatures - 4. Le soleil dans son écrin 02:48
artists: 'Mathieu Petit' 'Anne Le Roy'
composers: 'Jean-Claude Gengembre (1975)'
8 Cinq Valses Miniatures - 5. Cheveux gris aux espoirs déchus 03:18
artists: 'Mathieu Petit' 'Anne Le Roy'
composers: 'Jean-Claude Gengembre (1975)'
9 Tarentella 05:48
artists: 'Mathieu Petit' 'Anne Le Roy'
composers: 'Giovanni Bottesini (1821-1889)'
10 Méditation de Thaïs 04:46
artists: 'Mathieu Petit' 'Anne Le Roy'
composers: 'Jules Massenet (1842-1912)'
11 Milonga sin palabras 04:48
artists: 'Mathieu Petit' 'Anne Le Roy'
composers: 'Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)'
12 La plus que lente 05:00
artists: 'Mathieu Petit' 'Anne Le Roy'
composers: 'Claude Debussy (1862-1918)'
13 Night club 1960 05:54
artists: 'Mathieu Petit' 'Anne Le Roy'
composers: 'Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)'
14 Après un rêve 02:54
artists: 'Mathieu Petit' 'Anne Le Roy'
composers: 'Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)'