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Recordings of the Masters

Discussion in 'Recordings [DB]' started by Joe Taylor, Aug 1, 2002.

  1. Joe Taylor

    Joe Taylor

    Dec 20, 2001
    Tracy CA
    Since some of the masters of the DB were alive after the phonograph was invented do any of you know of recording of the actual masters such as Franz Simandl's or Giovanni Bottesini. Edison recorded lots of stuff did he record some bass music?

    I had the chance to hear an orignal recording of Serge Koussevitsky, it gave some insite to performance style of a 100 years ago.

  2. Sam Sherry

    Sam Sherry Inadvertent Microtonalist Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2001
    Portland, ME
    Euphonic Audio "Player"
    This is not what you're looking for, but it's close enough to mention: Here's a link to a write-up for two CDs with Serge Koussevitzky conducting the Boston Symphony. A distant second, I recognize.


    If nobody comes up with a better idea, maybe you could post a note on http://garykarr.com If anybody knows about Koussevitzky recordings, it would be Gary. At the very least, you'll find the ultra-rare Koussevitzky t-shirt!
  3. I have two short bits of original Koussevitzky on bass, on a compilation CD called "King of Bass II"

    He plays the largo from Eccles and his own Chanson Triste. Taken from a 1920s orginal, these are quite scratchy, but otherwise gorgeous to listen to. Of course these are both technically rather un-demanding pieces, but regardless, one gets the impression that Koussevetzky was not a player who stressed in-your-face virtuosity; rather, these are first and foremost intensely musical, passionate readings.

    This CD also features Richard Davis, Francios Rabbath, Stefano Sciascia, and a interesting mix of other bassists. It is released by King Records of Japan, and they have a pretty interesting bass catalogue which goes well beyond this compilation. You can check out their bass stuff at


    Most of this will be undecipherable if your PC isn't setup to do Japanese fonts, and you'll need to read Japanese as well.

    Catalogue number for King of Bass II is KICC 322, but I couldn't find it on Amazon. Maybe some helpful CD importer can find a way to get a copy if you're really keen.

    Thinking about this, I'd be interested to gather other "vintage" classical bass recordings. anybody else ever come across anything ? we could start a little list here.

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