Chamber Music With Double Bass
"When I took up the double bass many years ago I developed certain premonitions of what music for double bass might be. The elemental force of its dark, earthy tone, and especially its incidental sounds, noises and overtone series, kindled my imagination. Over the years I have performed many pieces that skillfully exploit the instrument's potential. But in Sofia Gubaidulina's work I found music that exhausts the essence of my instrument in previously unparalleled depth and truthfulness. Here I was able to revisit the sonic fantasies of my past, brilliantly compressed into musical form. The present recording is being released in honor of Sofia Gubaidulina's 80th birthday. Especially in recent years she has increasingly written music for the double bass and produced new double bass versions of several earlier pieces. Our recording allows listeners to hear these works for the first time in their entirety. It also allows them to retrace the evolution of her music over a period of five decades." --Martin Heinze. Featured artists: Martin Heinze, double bass; Heike Gneiting, piano.