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MusicWeb International, June 2012

Bottesini takes full advantage of the bel canto tunefulness of his source material in the Fantasies and Variations, giving audiences not only familiar music from the popular operas, but also stunning contrabass virtuosity. However, Bottesini never resorts to vulgarity—graceful flowing lyricism always seems uppermost in his music, rather than a more Paganinian long-haired diabolism. In fact, in the Elegia and Rêverie he shows another side of his instrument: its ability to give the cello a run for its money when it comes to lush, wistful nostalgia.

Stefano Sciascia’s performance…is delightful…His playing is full of character, warmth and wit…

Audio quality is good…The booklet notes are by Fiona Palmer…and are informative and reasonably well written… © 2012 MusicWeb International Read complete review

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