Double Bass Concerto 'Farewell to St Petersburg'

Gavin Bryars (1943)

Double Bass Concerto 'Farewell to St Petersburg' 2002

2.0.1.bcl.1.cbsn-2.0.0.0-timp.2perc(glsp, crot, vib, tub bells, tam-t, b.d)-hp-str(0.0.6.4.2 preferred)
Duration 
27
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This concerto has the unusual addition of an optional male voice choir. Many Russian elements influenced Bryars when he was writing the piece, not least the text for the bass voices which is taken from Glinka’s song cycle Farewell to St Petersburg. Bryars writes ‘The orchestration is quite light throughout, so that the singing quality of the double bass can emerge. The emphasis in terms of tessitura is on the middle register, though in the closing section there is a passage in natural harmonics. Although the piece is not designed to be a virtuoso showpiece, there is a brief cadenza in which the soloist is supported at times by other solo instruments (bass clarinet, viola, cello, bass).’

Performances 
21.9.02 Tramway, Glasgow: Duncan McTier, double bass / BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Martyn Brabbins
31.1.08 Tallinn, Estonia: Daniel Nix / Estonian National Symphony Orchestra / Kaspars Putnins
28.1.09 Freiburg, Germany: Giuseppe Sabbatini / Orchester der Hochschule für Musik Freiburg / Scott Sandmeier
8.4.09 Zagreb, Croatia: Bozo Paradzik / Zagreb Philharmonic Orchestra / Giuseppe Sabbatini
15/16.4.10 Madrid, Spain: Duncan McTier / Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE / Adrian Leaper
31.1-1.2.14 Kaunas & Vilnius, Lithuania: Donatas Bagurskas / Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra / Modestas Barkauskas
29.10.15 Joensuu, Finland: Rick Stotjin / Joensuun kaupunginorkesteri / Atso Almila
13.5.16 Teatro Principal, Guanajuato, Mexico: Arjen Leendertz / Orquestra Sinfonica de la Universidad de Guanajuato / Roberto Beltrán Zavala
2
Flute
2
Clarinet
2nd bass clarinet
2
Bassoon
2nd contrabassoon
2
Horn
1
Timpani
2
Percussion
glockenspiel, crotales, vibraphone, tubular bells, tam-tam, bass drum
6
Viola
4
Cello
2
Double bass
1
Harp
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