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GIOVANNI BOTTESINI  

(1821 - 1889)

Giovanni Bottesini was not only among the most famous double bass players of his time, but was also a conductor of some distinction and a composer. He conducted the first performance of Verdi's opera Aida in Cairo in 1871 and won success with some, at least, of his own ten operas. Known to some as the Paganini of the double bass, he significantly extended the technical possibilities of the instrument.

Double Bass Music

Bottesini's compositions include a number of double bass concertos, some for double bass and piano, as well as works for solo violin and double bass and for two double basses. His Metodo completo per contrabasso is an important addition to the pedagogical literature of the instrument.

Chamber Music

In 1849 Bottesini played the cello part in London in a quintet by George Onslow. His own chamber music includes a Gran Quintetto for two violins, viola, cello and double bass. He wrote eleven string quartets and arranged his Second Double Bass Concerto for solo instrument and string quartet.

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
BOTTESINI COLLECTION (The), Vol. 1 Naxos
8.570397
Concertos, Chamber Music, Orchestral
BOTTESINI COLLECTION (The), Vol. 2 Naxos
8.570398
Orchestral, Concertos
BOTTESINI COLLECTION (The), Vol. 3 Naxos
8.570399
Chamber Music, Instrumental, Concertos, Chamber Music, Vocal, Concertos, Chamber Music
BOTTESINI COLLECTION (The), Vol. 4 Naxos
8.570400
Chamber Music, Vocal, Chamber Music, Instrumental, Chamber Music, Vocal, Chamber Music
BOTTESINI COLLECTION (The), Vol. 5 Naxos
8.572284
Chamber Music
BOTTESINI, G.: Double Bass and Piano Music (Sciascia, Leonardi) Newton Classics
NC8802105
Chamber Music
BOTTESINI, G.: Double Bass Concertos Nos. 1 and 2 / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I.: Rococo Variations (Badila, I Pomeriggi Musicali, Zuccarini) Dynamic
CDS210
Concertos
BOTTESINI, G.: Ero e Leandro [Opera] (Salvagno) Dynamic
CDS670
Opera
BOTTESINI, G.: Messa da Requiem (Matheu, Coma-Alabert, Prunell-Friend, Martinez-Castignani, Joyful Company of Singers, London Philharmonic, T. Martin) Naxos
8.572994
Choral - Sacred
BOTTESINI, G.: Works for Double Bass and Piano (Ragghianti, Mealli) Tactus
TC820201
Chamber Music
BOTTESINI: 3 Duets for Double Bass Dynamic
CDS236
Chamber Music
BOTTESINI: Double Bass Music (Badila) (4CD set) Dynamic
CDS412
Concertos, Chamber Music, Concertos, Chamber Music, Concertos, Chamber Music
BOTTESINI: Double Bass Music, Vol. 1 - Fantasias and Variations Dynamic
CDS122
Chamber Music, Concertos, Chamber Music
BOTTESINI: Double Bass Music, Vol. 2 - Fantasias and Other Works Dynamic
CDS162
Chamber Music
BOTTESINI: Music for Double Bass and Piano, Vol. 1 Naxos
8.554002
Concertos, Chamber Music
BOTTESINI: Music for Double Bass and Piano, Vol. 2 Naxos
8.557042
Instrumental, Vocal, Chamber Music, Vocal, Chamber Music, Concertos, Chamber Music
BOTTESINI: String Quartets in B-Flat Major / F-Sharp Minor / D Major Dynamic
S2006
Chamber Music
DANIEL BARENBOIM (4 DVD Box set) (NTSC) EuroArts
2058238
Classical Concert
Double Bass Concertos - BOTTESINI, G. / CIMADOR, G. / DRAGONETTI, D. / LORENZITI, J.-B. (Sciascia, Amadio) Newton Classics
NC8802200
Concertos, Chamber Music
GRIEG, E.: From Holberg's Time / RACHMANINOV, S.: Vocalise / BOTTESINI, G.: Gran duo concertante / KILAR, W.: Orawa (Duczmal) CD Accord
CDAccordACD203
Concertos
TOSCANINI, A.: Spes ultima dea / BOTTESINI, G.: La nostra canzone / DACCI, G.: Eco dolorosa (Cianchi, Murakami, Mustafic, Cortesi) Tactus
TC820001
Vocal
Role: Arranger 
Album Title  Catalogue No  Work Category 
BOTTESINI COLLECTION (The), Vol. 4 Naxos
8.570400
Instrumental




 
 
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