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Sergey Koussevitzky is remembered as a significant conductor with a vital interest in the music of his time, but he started out koussevihzky a touring double-bass virtuoso. And the work, instead of following doubble most progressive tendencies of its time as one might expect, judging from Koussevitzky ‘s later tastes in composersis a ripe example of Russian Romanticism. But the score remained in manuscript even though the composer operated his own publishing company, and it went unplayed once Koussevitzky permanently put aside the bass inshortly after recording the concerto’s Andante movement with the Boston Symphony.


Several years after Koussevitzky ‘s death, conductor Alfredo Antonini brought the work to ioussevitzky, and it has since become a staple of the limited double-bass concerto repertory. The concerto falls into the conventional three movements, beginning with an Allegro that opens with a declamatory, Tchaikovsky -like theme succinctly stated by the orchestra, and answered by a short bass recitative.

The soloist takes up the opening motto, presenting it lyrically yet passionately. Here, for the first time, the composer periodically takes the instrument into its lower range, but only briefly, usually doubel the course of weaving the melody up and down the staff. For the most part, Koussevitzky exploits the instrument’s middle and upper ranges, where it projects better, and is careful not to let the woodwind-tinged orchestration overpower the bass which is not a loud instrument, despite its size.

A full pause precedes the third movement, another Allegro, which begins with the same declamatory theme as the first movement.

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The bass picks up this melody more ardently than before, and adheres to its contours more closely than before as it proceeds through a loose, rhapsodic restatement of the opening movement.

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