19. Carte Blanche to the Double Bass
Ali Kian Yazdanfar, bass
Todd Cope, clarinet
Sanaz Sotudeh, piano
Schumann, Adagio and Allegro, for horn and piano, op. 70 (arr. for bass and piano)
Behzad Ranjbaran, Ballade, for unaccompanied double bass
Morton Gould, Benny’s Gig, for clarinet and double bass
Alfred Desenclos, Aria et Rondo, for double bass and piano
“Yazdanfar a tout joué avec justesse et un vibrato constant, tandis que Nagano et l’OSM ont admirablement soutenu leur collègue »
– Arthur Kaptainis, Classica Voice of America
Schumann’s self-described “most fruitful year,” 1849, saw him embark upon a series of chamber miniatures for hitherto neglected melodic instruments and piano. He often tolerated and even suggested alternative scorings for these works; this Adagio and Allegro for horn and piano specifies the option of substituting a string instrument. Schumann shows his mastery of both lied and character piece for piano here: the songlike Adagio spans a wide range on the instrument and requires flawless lyrical playing, while the brilliant sonata form Allegro calls for agility and endurance.
Persian composer Behzad Ranjbaran has been described as “music’s magical realist” (Philadelphia Inquirer); his Ballade for contrabass solo was commissioned by the International Society of Bassists in 1999. Next comes Benny’s Gig, composed by Morton Gould in honour of virtuoso clarinetist and swing bandleader Benny Goodman in 1962. Goodman commissioned works from over a dozen classical composers, and this set of jazzy, virtuosic, playful duets for clarinet and double bass was created for Goodman’s upcoming tour of the USSR. Gould added the eighth duet in 1979 for the clarinetist’s 70th birthday. Finally, Alfred Desenclos’s 1952 Aria and Rondo brings together bass and piano once more in an expressive, neoclassical duet.
Ali Kian Yazdanfar
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