Giovanni Bottesini

Works for Double-Bass and Piano – CD Box

Francesco Siragusa (double-bass), Roberto Paruzzo (piano)

2 CD Box 2012 STEREO DDD – Total time: 119:57
Booklet 12 pages, Italian/English


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CD 1

  1. Mélodie (Pathetic Romance)
  2. Introduction and Bolero
  3. Elegy in D and Tarantella
  4. Grand Allegro a la Mendelssohn
  5. Fantasia on Bellini’s Sonnambula
  6. Introduction Theme and Variations on the Carnival of Venice


CD 2

  1. Fantasia on Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor”
  2. Fantasia on Bellini’s “Beatrice di Tenda”
  3. “Nel cor più non mi sento,” theme and variations on Paisiello’s aria op.23
  4. Romanza drammatica (Elegia) op.20
  5. Introduzione e Gavotta
  6. Capriccio di bravura
  7. Rêverie
  8. Allegretto-Capriccio
  9. Melodia

Giovanni Bottesini (Crema, 1821 – Parma, 1889) has been called, without any exaggeration, the Paganini of the double bass: in fact, he is remembered in the history of music as the greatest virtuoso of this instrument, whose technique and sound he revolutionized. Another analogy with Paganini is the enthusiasm that his performances and extraordinary temperament aroused in theaters all over the world, very close to that paid today to the most famous pop stars. Bottesini was not only a double bass virtuoso and theorist, but also a conductor and composer, with a large and eclectic catalog ranging from opera, symphonic and sacred music to chamber music. Francesco Siragusa, first double bass of La Scala Theater in Milan, masterfully performs some of the Cremasque composer’s most significant works for double bass and piano.