Meridian Records is proud to announce this stunning collection of works performed by virtuoso double bassist Leon Bosch and his regular duo recital partner Rebeca Omordia, which may be purchased from our own online shop.
Leon Bosch has been called the Sherlock Holmes of the double bass. And it is true that he
enjoys the detective work involved in tracking down and bringing to light repertoire that
has been ignored or lost along the way. But since he has also been responsible for
bringing many new pieces into existence and recording them for posterity, he might as
well be called its Moriarty and Watson too.
Not all the pieces on this recording were written for Leon, although the majority were.
And let's not think of them as crimes either, even though an element of opportunism
may lie behind some of them. Typically, a meeting between composer and performer,
perhaps fortuitously after a recital or through some intermediary, will involve a
discussion about the possibility of a new piece. Before long, a plan comes together,
culminating in a first performance at an event like the International Bass Convention or
the Swaledale Festival.
The very variety of music on The 21st Century Double Bass is one consequence of this
kind of serendipity: it features music by several composers, writing in their own
individual way. If anything connects this music, whether it is triumphant or thorny,
playful or haunting, it is the unique expressive character of the instrument. That and the
artistry of the performers, of course - it is worth noting that this is the first album Leon
has recorded with pianist Rebeca Omordia.
The 21st Century Double Bass follows previous recorded surveys focusing on the British,
Russian and Hungarian double bass as well as two volumes of The Virtuoso Double Bass.
But with decades of the century remaining and Leon unlikely to stop attracting new
pieces any time soon, there will surely be more to follow.