Rick Stotijn – Back to StockHome (2021) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Rick Stotijn – Back to StockHome (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/96kHz | Time – 01:15:44 minutes | 1,3 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © BIS

For the past ten years Rick Stotijn has been making Stockholm his second home, finding musical inspiration as well as new friends there. The present disc is a reflection of this, with existing and new repertoire involving the double bass by composers who have all at some point lived and worked in the city. The oldest work, as well as the best known, is the Concerto for Double Bass by Eduard Tubin, composed in 1948. Stotijn performs it here with the support of his own orchestra, the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra under James Gaffigan.

The other concerto here was composed especially for Stotijn and for the violinist Malin Broman by Britta Bystr”om. Infinite Rooms (2016) is a double concerto – in which the violinist switches between violin and viola – with inspiration from the Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. It was awarded the most important Swedish composition prize, “Stora Christ Johnson-priset”, in 2020, and comes with three Walks, potential encores which can also serve as bridges to the next work during the concert, be it by Schubert, Bruckner or Strauss. The orchestra heard in Infinite Rooms is the V”asteras Sinfonietta, conducted by Simon Crawford-Phillips, who also appears here in the role of pianist: Jesper Nordin’s Piano Trio, is an adaptation by the composer for these performers, of an earlier score for violin, cello and orchestra. Closing the recording is In memoriam by Carin Malml”of-Forssling, a brief vocalise for soprano here transcribed for the double bass.

1. 4 Walks: No. 3, A Walk to Schubert (02:21)
2. Double Bass Concerto: I. Allegro con moto (06:26)
3. Double Bass Concerto: II. Andante sostenuto (01:37)
4. Double Bass Concerto: III. Tempo primo (05:10)
5. Double Bass Concerto: IV. Allegro non troppo, poco marciale (05:39)
6. 4 Walks (Excerpts): No. 1, A Walk to Bruckner (02:53)
7. Infinite Rooms: Leggiero (05:04)
8. Infinite Rooms: Grazioso (03:59)
9. Infinite Rooms: Calmo (03:15)
10. Infinite Rooms: Quarter Note = 100 (04:31)
11. Infinite Rooms: Calmo, cantando (04:40)
12. Infinite Rooms: Ritmico (04:50)
13. Infinite Rooms: Dolce (02:55)
14. 4 Walks (Excerpts): No. 4, A Walk to Strauss (02:52)
15. Double Concerto for Violin, Cello & Orchestra (Version for Violin, Double Bass & Piano) (17:03)
16. In memoriam (Transcr. R. Stotijn for Double Bass) (02:29)