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Philip Clark
Gramophone, November 2014

THE SPECIALIST’S GUIDE TO… Double Bass Concertos # 9

Dragonetti was the man that Beethoven came to when seeking counsel about the double bass, and his advice was unwavering—it has a sound world of its own. This two-movement concerto, written in 1830, shows how deeply he heard inside his instrument. The opening Adagio has near-operatic splendour, the bass’ long singsong lines put in a duologue with the orchestra. A Mozartian Allegretto is a playful tease. © 2014 Gramophone

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