Via Bottesini - Concerti e pezzi concertanti
Wies de Boevé
24 January 2020
Available as CD and Digital
Brussels Philharmonic, Yossif Ivanov, Joshua Weilerstein
Belgian double bass player Wies de Boevé is currently co-principal at the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks. National classical radio Klara offered him the opportunity to record an album with Brussels Philharmonic and conductor Joshua Weilerstein. Wies choose works by Giovanni Bottesini (1821-1889), that are surprisingly little known in it's original versions, even among bass players. The Grand Concerto for double bass and orchestra in F-sharp minor is followed by his second Concerto for double bass and orchestra in B minor, and the Grande Allegro di Concerto (alla Mendelssohn), for which Bottesini drew inspiration from Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. The album is completed with the Gran Duo Concertante for violin, double bass and orchestra, which Bottesini played all over the world, with the greatest violin players of his time: Sivori, Arditi, Vieuxtemps and Wieniawski. Violinist Yossif Ivanov joins Wies for this festive and playful finale.
About the recording
Giovanni Bottesini was a fervent proponent of the three-string bass. Wies was incredibly interested in the acoustic properties of such a bass. Playing the three-string instrument significantly influenced his interpretation and bass-playing technique. He studied his manuscripts in the library in Parma, and after comparing these manuscripts to current editions, he decided to go back to the source when recording this album.