Virtuoso Reality

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Contours (1,629.00 kb)
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Papageno Variations (1,634.57 kb)
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SKU: CD-MVCD 1108
Call Number: CD 538
Organization: Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Media Type: CD
Year of Release: 1999
Record Label: CBC Records

Joel Quarrington - the non-conformist, the rebel, the rabble rouser?

First of all, he plays with the German bow, not the French; the hand is turned 90 degrees so that the end of the bow is in the palm of the hand, rather than underneath it. Quarrington also tunes his double bass differently. The standard tuning of the four double bass strings is E A D G. But never being satisfied with this, Joel instead began tuning his instrument starting with the low C, and then working up in fifths to C G D A, the same pitches as on the cello but an octave lower.

Many double bass players took to composing works for the instruments themselves; others had existing music arranged for it, or commissioned new works from composers of the day. On this recording with Joel Quarrington are selections from all three categories, showing the versatility and adaptability of the instrument, as well as Joel's virtuosity, expressiveness and dedication.

HENRY ECCLES

1-4. Sonata

MICHAEL CONWAY BAKER

5. Contours

MILTON BARNES

6. Papageno Variations

GIOVANNI BOTTESINI

7. Grand Duo Concertant

GIOVANNI BATTISTA BORGHI

8-10. Sonata No. 1

FRANCO MANNINO

11-14. Sonatina Tropicale, Op. 222

PABLE DE SARASATE

15. Zigeunerweisen Op. 20





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