The Double Bass = Works of ROSSINI, DEBUSSY, OPPELT, DRAGONETTI, SCHULLER & BARNETT – Robert Oppelt, doublebass – MSR Classics

by | Apr 24, 2007 | Classical CD Reviews | 0 comments

The Double Bass = ROSSINI: Duetto for cello and double bass; OPPELT: Pas de deux for flute and double bass; DEBUSSY: Danses sacrée et profane; DRAGONETTI: Six Waltzes for Double Bass; SCHULLER: Quartet for Doublebasses; BARNETT: Serenade for double bass, harp and string quartet – Robert Oppelt, double bass, with friends – MSR Classics MS 1221, 69:42 ****:

A feast for double bass aficionados! Bassist Oppelt and most of his collaborating friends on the CD play in the National Symphony orchestra in Washington D.C.  He has selected a varied program which provides one of Debussy’s finest chamber works featuring the harp, tuneful pieces from Rossini and bass virtuoso/composer Dragonetti, a more atonal work from Gunther Schuller which nevertheless offers plenty of stimulation for your subwoofer(s) with the grumblings of four double basses, and a delightful work for a similar complement to the Debussy Dances.  The latter is from a Charlie Barnett, who is not the big band figure but a specialist in music for film and TV.  His Serenade does partake of jazzy improvisation sections and a sort of jam session, and also includes a bass and violin duet in the style of a square dance. 25% of net sales of the CD does to benefit ALS research as part of an ALS awareness project.

 – John Sunier

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