Bottesini: Belcanto, Works For Double Bass
Emanuela Galli, soprano; Alberto lo Gotto, double bass; Luca Antoniotti, fortepiano
Bottesini is frequently compared to Paganini, and not without good reason: both were charismatic musical personalities who captivated the public wherever they appeared, and both revolutionized the playing techniques of their respective instruments. Bottesini introduced the solo bass strung with only three strings and tuned a whole tone higher than usual in order to attain a more brilliant and sustainable sound. This musician, already a legend in his own time, not only performed as a traveling virtuoso on the stages of the entire world but also as a celebrated operatic conductor and composer. It is therefore no wonder that the Italian opera also strongly influenced his compositional production.