Canto Interno

Luis Cabrera

TTK 0072

Double bassist Luis Cabrera plays with many well-known European orchestras and has been with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra since 2006. He studied in Madrid and in London at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Rinat Ibragimov, a teacher who has had a great influence on him. To him Cabrera dedicates his debut ‘Canto Interno’ (’The Inner Voice’).

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About the album

Double bassist Luis Cabrera (Spain, 1985) plays with many well-known European orchestras and has been with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra since 2006. He studied in Madrid and in London at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama with Rinat Ibragimov (1960-2020), a teacher who has had a great influence on him. To him Cabrera dedicates his debut ‘Canto Interno’ (’The Inner Voice’), another special release from the adventurous Dutch TRPTK label.

In putting together his album, Cabrera has been guided by the music he has admired since childhood, whether or not it was originally written for double bass. He is accompanied by pianist Justyna Maj and violinist Sylvia Huang. Almost naturally, his production starts with two pieces by virtuoso Giovanni Bottesini (1821-1889). Romantic music that seems made for the caressing, almost creamy, sound that Cabrera manages to elicit from his instrument.

The legendary Serge Koussevitzky (1874-1951), who enjoyed a dual career as a conductor and double bassist, is represented with an elegant four-piece composition. Playful pieces in which Cabrera can let his double bass sing full-bloodedly. Never does his playing become too heavy and even in the most complex passages he manages to generate a beautiful open sound. The flexibility of the imposing instrument seems boundless in his hands.

Of particular note is the choice of the ‘Fantasiestücke, Op. 73’ by Robert Schumann (1810-1856), originally written for clarinet and violin. The composer once indicated that the works could also be performed on viola and cello, but Cabrera succeeds in convincingly translating the music to the double bass. A feat that commands admiration.

A highlight is the arrangement of the famous ‘Sonata for piano and violin’ by César Franck (1822-1890), a real tour de force. In it, Cabrera goes to the extreme of his ability, with a flexibility unprecedented for his instrument. What is special is that the double bass player manages to combine charm and depth. Canto Interno’ is for him not only a debut, but also “an incredibly beautiful journey with a wealth of experiences, ultimately the album is a portrait of myself”.

Tracklist

  1. Introduzione e variazioni di Carnivale di Venezia Giovanni Bottesini 10:08
  2. Gran Duo Concertante Giovanni Bottesini 14:50
  3. Andante, Op. 1 No. 1 Serge Koussevitzky 3:12
  4. Valse miniature, Op. 1 No. 2 Serge Koussevitzky 2:23
  5. Chanson triste, Op. 2 Serge Koussevitzky 4:15
  6. Humoresque, Op. 4 Serge Koussevitzky 2:00
  7. Fantasiestücke, Op. 73: I. Zart und mit Ausdruck Robert Schumann 3:14
  8. Fantasiestücke, Op. 73: II. Lebhaft, leicht Robert Schumann 3:28
  9. Fantasiestücke, Op. 73: III. Rasch und mit Feuer Robert Schumann 4:24
  10. Sonata for piano and violin: I. Allegretto ben moderato César Franck 6:33
  11. Sonata for piano and violin: II. Allegro César Franck 9:08
  12. Sonata for piano and violin: III. Recitativo Fantasia. Ben moderato César Franck 7:55
  13. Sonata for piano and violin: IV. Allegretto poco mosso César Franck 6:20

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Artist(s)

Justyna Maj
Luis Cabrera
Sylvia Huang

Composer(s)

César Franck
Giovanni Bottesini
Robert Schumann
Serge Koussevitzky

Genre(s)

Classical – Classical (1750 – 1830)
Classical – Romantic (1830 – 1920)

Label

TRPTK

Recording resolution

PCM 352.8 kHz 32 bits

Recording location

Grote Zaal
De Doelen
Rotterdam (NL)

Recording engineer

Brendon Heinst

Editor

Hans Erblich

Mastering engineer

Brendon Heinst

  1. Paul Janssen

    Wonderful album again!
    Just listened to the 192/24 FLAC version and now uploaded the 32bit DXD to my Digital Audio Player. And do I hear the difference? Yes, it sounds even more open, but the player has to work hard for it. While Bottesini’s Gran Duo Concertante in 192/24 FLAC is still 500Mb, in DXD32 it is a WAV file of no less than 2.5Gb! But it sounds fabulously good, even with my relatively cheap Shanling M3X and balanced Hifiman DEVA headphones.
    And I can’t get enough of Schumann’s Fantasiestücke and Franck’s violin sonata, for decades. And these special versions by Luis Cabrera are a wonderful addition!
    I am a happy person!

  2. Salvatore DiBenedetto

    If you are a double bass lover, as I am, you’ll want to own this album. I downloaded the 32/352.8 multichannel version. The sonics are superb. Luis Cabrera works his instrument with sure handed expertise throughout. I was surprised at the clarity and reproduction of the piano as well. A wonderful compliment to the double bass and violin.

    Marcus DiBenedetto
    Las Vegas, NV

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