The next episode of Contrabass Conversations will feature the second (and final) part of our interview with double bass virtuoso François Rabbath. As in episode 16 (our first part of this interview), you will hear Rabbath’s interview interspersed with clips of him performing various works from his repertoire. I am really looking forward to putting this next part out, and I am sure that listeners will be interested in the directions our conversation went. We covered all sorts of topics, including air travel, what it really means to teach the bass, and what life as a traveling bass virtuoso is like.
You will also get a chance to check out the absolutely fabulous double bass playing of Leon Bosch from his recent Meridian Records release titled Virtuoso Double Bass. This album features music from Giovanni Bottesini, and it is an absolute must-have for any bassist (or lover of great music!). Here are the Bottesini compositions that are features on Leon’s recent album:
3. Romanza Patetica (Mélodie)
6. Meditazione (Aria di Bach)
7. Fantasie Sonnambula
8. Romanza Drammatica (Elégie)
9. Adagio par Ernst
10. Capriccio Di Bravura
You can order this great album by visiting this link.
Here is some biographical information about Leon Bosch:
Leon Bosch has an honoured place among the select group of virtuoso double bass players worldwide. Concerto engagements in many parts of the world with the likes of conductors Pinchas Zukerman, Nicolas Kraemer, Nicolae Moldoveanu and Guido Johannes Rumstadt have been matched by collaborations with a long line of leading chamber music groups – among them the Lindsay, Belcea and Brodsky string quartets, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble, the Moscow Virtuosi and the Zukerman Chamber Players. Partnerships with solo performers have embraced such pianists as Peter Donohoe, Vladimir Ovchinikov, Mikhail Rudy and Maria João Pires.
Leon Bosch has a growing discography of concerto and recital recordings. This will shortly include two albums devoted to the music of the great Giovanni Bottesini and two featuring music by British composers. Then will follow everything from a disc of Russian music and another of compositions by Domenico Dragonetti, to the complete works for solo double bass by Dittersdorf, Menotti’s concerto and recordings of a string of neglected concertos for the instrument.
Visit his website for more information. I think you’ll really enjoy this segment of our next Contrabass Conversations episode!
- CBC 16: Rabbath interview
- CBC 15: Ira Gold interview
- CBC 14: Lawrence Hurst interview
- CBC 13: Welson Anderson interview
- CBC 12: Kathryn Nettleman interview