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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67179
Recording details: March 2000
The Concert Hall, Örebro, Sweden
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Ken Blair
Release date: October 2000
Total duration: 18 minutes 11 seconds

‘Nwanoku’s playing is both athletic and eloquent in these appealing bass concertos. [She] plays her solo music with due vivacity and skill … as graceful as can be imagined on her instrument. Paul Goodwin’s neat and sympathetic accompaniments, his leisurely pacing and his judicious balance…make this disc even more appealing’ (Gramophone)

'A most enjoyable disc' (BBC Music Magazine)

'An ideal coupling, very well recorded' (The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs)

'Chi-chi Nwanoku is a delightful soloist. [Her] light-as-air sound and technical clarity are a continual source of pleasure' (International Record Review)

'An elegant performance. Beautifully played and phrased by Nwanoku, who reveals the lyrical potential of the solo bass' (The Strad)

'A treat' (Amazon.co.uk)

Double Bass Concerto No 2 in D major
composer

Allegro moderato  [7'08]
Adagio  [6'41]
Allegro  [4'22]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf (1739–1799) was born in Vienna and became one of the most important figures of the Viennese Classical school. His father was able to afford a good education for young Ditters who studied music, French and religion privately, besides attending a Jesuit school. His violin teachers recognised his flair for composition and he soon found himself with a court position where he could study more seriously. Early in 1763 he went with Gluck to Italy where he performed as a violin virtuoso with some success. In 1765 he succeeded Michael Haydn as Kapellmeister to the Bishop of Grosswardein, where he built up a good orchestra and a group of singers and was able to turn his attention to writing his first oratorio, Isacco, along with some operas. In 1770, the year after the Bishop disbanded his Kapelle, Ditters was made Knight of the Golden Spur and in 1773 Empress Maria Theresia ennobled him and he became ‘von Dittersdorf’. He died two days after dictating the last pages of his autobiography.

from notes by Rodney Slatford © 2000

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