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Chopin: Schumann

Magazine article Gramophone

Chopin: Schumann

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Chopin: Schumann Chopin Cello Sonata, Op 65. Etude, Op 10 No 6 (arr Glazunov). Wiosna, Op 74 No 2 Schumann Adagio and Allegro, Op 70. Traumerei, Op 15 No 7 (arr Davidoff). Im wunderschonen Monat Mai, Op 48 No 1 Orazio Ferrari db Marco Sanna pf Velut Luna [F] CVLD245 (50' * DDD) Chopin a Schumann

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For some reason, like bassoonists, double bassists trend incongruously towards being substantial musicians. They are not given much opportunity in the general run of classical music events, of course, aside from the occasional Trout Quintet or Mahler First Symphony. A young Italian with the name of a racing machine wants to change that reality. His name is Orazio Ferrari and in 50 minutes of music originally written for cello he posits whether the double bass is moving closer to centre stage.

Ferrari plays the music as written, not transcribed an octave lower as is customary for even the greatest double bassists; he also tunes his instrument's strings in fifths instead of the standard fourths, which leads to clearer, more accurate performance in all ranges of the bass, as well as greater tonal richness. …

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