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A Top-Class Mozart Prom from the Budapest Festival Orchestra
"The Budapest Festival Orchestra’s all-Mozart programme is one that they have recently performed in other distinguished venues around Europe, and that their BBC Proms performance should prove to be so meticulously prepared, was not entirely surprising." - Leon Bosch

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Instruments of the Night, The Strad
On 16th February 2016 Robert Smissen and Leon Bosch will perform the world premiere of John Woolrich's "To the Silver Bow", a concerto for viola double bass and strings, followed by a second performance on 17th February 2016 at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds.

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Josep Cervera-Bret, The Catalan Virtuoso
Leon Bosch selects ten of the 62 surviving Cevera compositions and packages them here with illuminating liner notes that paint a vivid picture of Cevera's time & career, bringing his music to a much wider audience.

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Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf, The Strad
"Leon Bosch's accounts of Dittersdorf's two solo concertos abound in personality, imagination, warmth and humanity. His assured virtuosity makes light of the extreme technical challenges...."

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Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf, April 2013
"...Soloist Leon Bosch, who’s done several excellent solo albums on this label before and who according to the booklet can be heard on Madonna and Michael Jackson albums, articulates the melodies and virtuosic business very clearly...."
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Allan Stephenson - Burlesque for Double Bass and Small Orchestra, November 2011
"...As soloist in the Burlesque he [Leon Bosch] is in total and articulate identification with this fun bravura music. It sings and dances with a sunny temperament and magnificent optimism well to the fore...."
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The Hungarian Double Bass - Review by James A Altena, May/June 2011 (PDF)
"...Bosch has a lovely, rich, glowing tone and technique to equal any virtuoso cellist. He also has a special connection to this repertoire; although born, raised, and trained in South Africa, one of his teachers there was the Hungarian double bassist Zoltán Kovats, to whom the disc is dedicated..."
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The Hungarian Double Bass - Review by Kai Horsthemke, March 2011 (PDF)
"...Leon Bosch fearlessly ventures into sonic and tonal territory that (to this reviewer’s knowledge at least) marks a new departure for the bassist. And what an undertaking this is! After only a first inspective listening, ‘The Hungarian Double Bass’ quickly emerged as my favourite of Bosch’s recorded output to date..."
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The Hungarian Double Bass - Review by Jonathan Woolf
Leon Bosch continues his globe-trotting trek with this Hungarian disc, one that satisfies on a number of levels. The repertoire is cleverly chosen, the transcribed material works extremely effectively...
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Review of The Hungarian Double Bass - Strad Review (PDF)
The Hungarian Double Bass by Leon Bosch is...a joy from start to finish...
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Review of Virtuoso Double Bass Vol II, Bottesini CD (PDF)
Leon Bosch demonstrates a natural affinity with Bottesini's bravura style. His performances combine sonorous, lyrical, exquisitely nuanced playing with a remarkable command of the instrument's bravura potential.
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The Russian Double Bass
Review by Jonathan Woolf
Leon Bosch is curating a nice line in bass recordings for Meridian. He’s previously released the British Double Bass and the Virtuoso Double-Bass and now reappears with a similar album devoted to Russian repertoire. As one might anticipate it’s full of the soulful and dolorous pleasures of romantic plenitude. Full Review.
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Leon Bosch: The Russian Double Bass (PDF)
Mr Bosch allows the music of Russian composers to be revealed in its visceral power, passionate honesty, and purity of artistic intent. Full Review (PDF).
Published in Bass World, The Magazine of the International Society of Bassists.


The British Double Bass (PDF)
Anthologies of this kind are inevitably going to reflect a plethora of different idioms and approaches, but perhaps that is all to the good. With the proviso that you should not listen straight through at a sitting, when for instance the sequence found here of Bush/McCabe/Lutyens/Reynolds might leave you marginally bewildered stylistically, the present collection can otherwise be wholeheartedly recommended. Full Review (PDF).
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The British Double Bass
Review by Jonathan Woolf
If you run from Gordon Jacob to Elizabeth Lutyens you’re going to cover quite some stylistic ground. Add the fact that all these works feature that apparently cumbersome beast, the double bass, and you might reasonably wonder what you’ve let yourself in for. Two very good counter arguments eagerly present themselves; firstly Leon Bosch, the double bass player, whose feats of virtuosity would have made the shades of Koussevitzky and Eugene Cruft positively blanch in astonishment. Full Review.
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The British Double Bass
Review by Rob Barnett
I can recall the two key works that won me round to the music of Gordon Jacob. Both were heard via Radio 3 broadcasts. The first was the devil-may-care and touching Viola Concerto with Frederick Riddle. The second was the swashbuckling Rhapsody played by Valerie Tryon with the GUS Band conducted by Geoffrey Brand. Jacob’s Little Concerto was written during the days when my musical horizons were broadening; not that I ever heard it until now. It has all the touching artistry and excitement of those other two concertos. It’s eager and bright-eyed in the outer movements with some salty percussion contributions to add to the string textures. The central Largo is a lovely and sensitive romance worthy in its different way to put alongside RVW’s Romance in the Tuba Concerto. Jacob’s famed fluency with so many instruments rewards both the adventurous Leon Bosch and the sympathetic and enquiring listener. Full Review.
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Virtuoso Double Bass
Review by Rob Barnett
These days Bottesini manages a footnote as an almost forgotten double-bassist. It's hard being on the edge of oblivion as a virtuoso of one of the least glamorous and most buffoonish of instruments. The instrument’s nobility, rather like that of the tuba, is often left in the shadows in favour of its buffoon image. As for the composer, Bottesini conducted the premiere of Aida and was also an accomplished writer; so we are reminded by Andrew Green's very personal liner note. This note moves enthrallingly between Bottesini and Bosch - who once wrote for this site - and the story of how this CD came to be made.Full Review.
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CD Review by Kai Horsthemke, April 2008 (PDF)
For lovers of 'classical double bass' and of 20th century music, this album offers a double treat. Western Cape-born bassist Leon Bosch presents a set of recordings here that feature compositions for double bass by 20th century British composers whose names aren't exactly ordinary household knowledge. And what an aural feast this compilation yields! Full Review (PDF).


CD Review by Robin Stowell in Double Bassist Magazine (PDF)
The British Double Bass - This CD is a significant release for the British bassist fraternity. Its programme claims nine premiere recordings and comprises works by ten distinguished 20th Century British composers. Fittingly, Leon Bosh ditches his Gagliano for an English instrument by Lockey Hill (c. 1750); but he retains his renowned mellow tone, deciseive characterisation and sensitive musicianship... Full Review (PDF).


Review of Virtuoso Double Bass CD (PDF)
Leon Bosch demonstrates a natural affinity with the origins, aims and virtuosity of Bottesini's music. He finds an admirable partner in pianist Sung-Suk Kang, who moulds her contribution faithfully and sensitively to his lead. Bosch's programme particularly highlights his sonorous, lyrical playing style and musicicanship, as demonstrated in his performances of the Meditazione (Aria de Bach), the quasi-operatic Elegy, the Romanza Patetica (Mélodie), with its telling phrasing and crystal clear harmonics, and the contemplative Rêverie.Full Review (PDF).


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