Domenico Dragonetti (Venice 1763-London 1846)

Solos for double bass

Catalogue number: FAR001



















track list


   Solo n.1 " Dal Trio di Corelli"

1- I Adagio.....extract

2- II Allemanda

3- III Sarabanda

   Solo n.2 in F

4- I Andantino

5- II Presto

   Solo n.3 in B flat

6- I Andantino

7- II Presto....extract

   Solo n.8 in E flat

8- I Adagio

9- II Allegro...extract

   Solo n.11 in A minor

10- I Andante

11- II Vivace

   Solo n.23 in D

12- I Adagio

13- II Allegro maestoso

   Solo n.29 in G

14- Variazioni su tema di minuetto


Paolo Benelli double bass

Margherita Flore piano except on Solo n.3

Manlio Pinto piano on Solo n.3


World premiere recording except Solo n.11


Recorded at Auditorium comunale di Bracciano on 4-11-2013 and 19-12-2013

Produced by Gabriele Mauro

Cover: "il Signor Dragonetti" di Fanny Peruggi



Domenico Carlo Maria Dragonetti was born in Venice in 1762 and gained international recognition in 1794 on his debut at King's Theatre in London, where he remained for the rest of his life. At the age of eighty-two, he played in public in Bonn in a festival dedicated to L.V. Beethoven. His life was woven with successes and a virtuosity comparable to Niccolò Paganini, for his "monster hand" which allowed him to overcome the most daring technical difficulties. In his first recording, Paolo Benelli proposes the work of Domenico Dragonetti through a brilliant execution inspired by the composer, with an interpretation which revives some of Dragonetti's forgotten scores. It is always exciting to hear music that has lain unplayed for over 200 years, and it is the most wonderful gift that Paolo could give to bassists and music lovers generally. The sensation is that playing the pieces is both effortless and fun, is characteristic of the virtuoso who astonishes his audience with captivating simplicity. The Venetian composer’s scores which are presented here have a lively rhythm which in the faster movements becomes a waltz. A waltz full of Venetian chiaro scuro, at times humorous at times shady where the double bass sings throughout its range and colours describing the Venetian streets shrouded in mist, listen.......


Stefano Sciascia





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