Modern Italian Double Bass

STEFANO SCODANIBBIO (1956-2012): And Roll, LUCIANO BERIO (1925-2003): Sequenza XIVb (arr. Scodanibbio), SALVATORE SCIARRINO (b.1947): Esplorazione del bianco I, FRANCO DONATONI (1927-2000): Lem, GIACINTO SCELSI (1905-1988): Le Rêveil Profond.

Catalogue Number: 09X050

Label: Stradivarius

Reference: STE 37182

Format: CD

Price: $16.98

Description: This disc showcases contemporary additions to the double bass repertoire since 1970 which have conclusively entered the repertory of players specializing in modern music. Berio extensively revised Sequenza XIV for cello into XIVb for double bass in collaboration with the late, much-lamented Stefano Scodanibbio. From its transcription of the Gàta Béra drum in its arrestingly rhythmic opening, and again later on, using finger taps on strings and the body of the instrument, to its extensive use of natural harmonics and endless variety of sonorous timbres, at times suggesting registration on an organ, the work is an absolute tour de force, immensely exciting to listen to, and incredibly difficult to play. The Scelsi is composed of deeply resonant closely adjacent tones, on an instrument tuned in extreme scordatura, interacting to produce overtones and beats which sound like electronic effects. Donatoni's Lem is a cascading tumult of short, irascible fragments, varying wildly in register, dynamic, and timbre over short timespans; with its compendium of extended techniques, it has been used extensively as a compulsory competition piece. Sciarrino's piece is shocking. Declared unplayable - even by the composer - when it first appeared, the work turns the instrument into an ensemble of brass, percussion, and strange, primitive signals, exploring an extraordinary range of polyphonic timbres in a previously unimagined soundworld. If you thought Hendrix on string quartet was a neat idea, you owe it to yourself to hear Scodanibbio's breathtakingly psychedelic, ferociously driven & Roll. Eight minutes of untrammeled Woodstock mayhem. Dario Calderone (double bass).


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