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Managing to convey the Adagio and Allegro op. 70 by Robert Schumann clearly on the double bass with piano makes huge demands on the interpreter. Capturing the wit and rhythmic charm, but also the plaintiveness without lamentation in the Double Bass Sonata by Karel Reiner is a challenge on this weighty instrument, which even for the smallest sound requires the greatest physical effort. The same applies to the solo piece "Reincarnation" by Yumiko Nishida. After all, this premiere recording of a rebirth shouldn't be a tough or cumbersome event! The Brahms sonata on the other hand, which everyone has in their head in the original version for cello, mustn't create the impression that something is lost in the transfer from the cello to the double bass. Instead, it needs to add something new to the appeal of an old friend. And that scourge Giovanni Bottesini, who ultimately strikes fear and dread into the heart of every bass player: or almost every bass player. Ryutaro Hei masters every task with bravura, not least thanks to his congenial partner at the piano, Yu Kosuge. A very successful debut on the EigenArt label.

EigenArt 1050-0 2 CDs

The Sound of Double Bass

Works by Bottesini Brahms, Nishida, Reiner, Schumann
Ryutaro Hei, double-bass
Yu Kosuge, piano

EAN/barcode: 4009850105008

Tracks

Nr.
No.
Werk - Satz
Composition - movement
Oeuvre - mouvement
Komponist
Composer
Compositeur
Künstler
Artist
Interprète
Dauer
Duration
Durée
1Adagio und Allegro op. 70AdagioRobert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
Ryutaro Hei
Yu Kosuge
3:56
2 AllegroRobert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
Ryutaro Hei
Yu Kosuge
4:43
3Sonata for double bass and pianoAllegro energicoKarel Reiner (1910 - 1979)
Ryutaro Hei
Yu Kosuge
5:46
4 Poco graveKarel Reiner (1910 - 1979)
Ryutaro Hei
Yu Kosuge
6:58
5 Allegro vivoKarel Reiner (1910 - 1979)
Ryutaro Hei
Yu Kosuge
5:21
6Tenei (Reincarnation) for double bass soloYumiko Nishida (1951)
Ryutaro Hei
7:09
7Sonate für Klavier und Violoncello Nr. 1 e-Moll op. 38Allegro non troppoJohannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Ryutaro Hei
Yu Kosuge
15:39
8 Allegretto quasi MenuettoJohannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Ryutaro Hei
Yu Kosuge
5:53
9 AllegroJohannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)
Ryutaro Hei
Yu Kosuge
6:51
10Elegia D Major (no. 1)Giovanni Bottesini (1821 - 1889)
Ryutaro Hei
Yu Kosuge
5:10

total playing time: 68:06

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www.audio.de (06/01/2016):

Der "Orchester-Elephant", wie Kritiker Hanslick den Kontrabass einmal genannt hat, gilt nicht als Soloinstrument, sondern nur als Orchesterfundament. Dass das Instrument aber viel mehr Facetten hat, beweist Ryutaro Hei: Es kann klangschön sein wie in Schumanns Adagio und Allegro, ausdrucksvoll wie in Brahms' erster Cellosonate, rhythmisch wie in Reiners Sonate, lautmalerisch wie in Nishidas Tensei oder virtuos wie in Bottesinies Elegie. more...

Klassik heute (10/22/2015):

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Zugegeben, der Kontrabass ist nicht gerade das zugkräftigste Soloinstrument. more...