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  • Audio CD (August 15, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Black Box Classics
  • ASIN: B00004X09E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,067,455 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fantasia on Bellini's La Sonnambula, for double-bass & piano (or orchestra)
2. Une larme: thème et variations, for piano & cello in A minor (Péchés de vieillesse, book 9)
3. Liebesleid (Love's Sorrow), for violin & piano
4. Après un rêve ('Dans un sommeil'), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/1
5. Vocalise-Étude en forme de Habanera, for voice & piano
6. Reverie for double bass & piano
7. Spring Song, for violin (or cello) & piano in G major, H. 104/2
8. Romanza Patética, for double bass & piano
9. Valse Miniature, for double-bass & piano, Op. 1/2
10. Vocalise, instrumental arrangement, Op. 34/14
11. Prelude & Scherzo for double bass & piano, Op. 32
12. Prelude & Scherzo for double bass & piano, Op. 32
13. Intermezzo and Tarantella for double bass & piano, Op. 9: Intermezzo, Op.9/1
14. Intermezzo and Tarantella for double bass & piano, Op. 9: Tarantella, Op.9/2

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There have never been many compositions written for solo double bass. There probably never will be. But, as anyone who has heard bassist Edgar Meyer performing the Bach cello suites can attest, there's a lot that can be done with the instrument. On Tarantella, we get a fascinating collection of more than a dozen 19th- and 20th-century miniatures arranged or written for double bass. Performed gorgeously by British double bassist Duncan McTier, joined by pianist Kathron Sturrock, the music made during this recital will dramatically change your perception about the double bass. From the flowing grace McTier injects into his arrangement of Kreisler's Liebesleid to his spirited bow attack on Reinhold Gliere's Tarantella Opus 9 No. 2, the technique is faultless. The bass sounds perfectly suited to these bonbons, and the recorded sound is excellent. Between the pretty music and the accomplished playing, this creative disc really is a knockout. --Jason Verlinde

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brian on October 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Of all of the performances at the International Society of Bassists convention in 2001, Mr. McTier's was probably the closest to "flawless". It was a very humbling experience and this CD was a very satisfying follow up to my first Duncan McTier hearing. The only problem other than the lack of "meat" in the sound in the loud passages, is that the music tends to be very "safe"-in other words there isn't much of the music "between the lines", but the CD is still a wonderful addition to any bass CD library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
As a musician myself, i can honestly say this is the best bass playing i have ever heard. As said in somebody else's review the technique is faultless and the musicality is amazing! The Tarentella itself is inspiring to other musicians whether they be bass players or not. He takes full advantage of the music actually written for the bass and im sure people will be absolutely inspired by the way Duncan McTier plays the bass. This is a perfect stocking filler for all classical music lovers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Kostenko on March 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is an amazing disc, and by far one of the best bassist CD's ever released. McTier's interpretation of Bottesini is without peer, especially "Romanza Patetica" - the most sensitive and nuance filled interpretation I've ever heard.
His choice of pieces is also interesting, including Rossini's "Une Larme pour Basse" - a simple and understated piece overlooked by virtuosos in search of fast and/or high register playing. Unless you're looking for a disc with McTier's take on the most popular virtuoso showpieces, you will not be disappointed with this. It's a well thought out and executed program of well and lesser known works.
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