Luis Cabrera, Justyna Maj & Sylvia Huang

Canto Interno

Cabrera has been guided by the music he has admired since childhood, whether or not it was originally written for double bass.


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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 click to play/pause

  • Giovanni Bottesini

    Introduzione e Variazioni sul "Carnaval di Venezia"

    10:08 Play button Pause button 10:08
  • Giovanni Bottesini

    Gran Duo Concertante

    14:50 Play button Pause button 14:50
  • Serge Koussevitzky

    Andante, Op. 1 No. 1

    3:12 Play button Pause button 3:12
  • Serge Koussevitzky

    Valse miniature, Op. 1 No. 2

    2:23 Play button Pause button 2:23
  • Serge Koussevitzky

    Chanson triste, Op. 2

    4:15 Play button Pause button 4:15
  • Serge Koussevitzky

    Humoresque, Op. 4

    2:00 Play button Pause button 2:00
  • Robert Schumann (arr. Luis Cabrera)

    Fantasiestücke, Op. 73

    1. I. Zart und mit Ausdrück
      3:14 Play button Pause button 3:14
    2. II. Lebhaft, leicht
      3:28 Play button Pause button 3:28
    3. III. Rasch und mit Feuer
      4:24 Play button Pause button 4:24
  • César Franck

    Sonata for piano and violin

    1. I. Allegretto ben moderato
      6:33 Play button Pause button 6:33
    2. II. Allegro
      9:08 Play button Pause button 9:08
    3. III. Recitativo Fantasia. Ben moderato
      7:55 Play button Pause button 7:55
    4. IV. Allegretto poco mosso
      6:20 Play button Pause button 6:20

More information

Genre(s) Classical – Romantic (1830-1920)
Artist(s) Justyna Maj
Luis Cabrera
Sylvia Huang
Composer(s) Bottesini, Giovanni
Franck, César
Koussevitzky, Serge
Schumann, Robert
Recording location(s) De Doelen - Grote Zaal, Rotterdam (NL)
Recording date(s) November 2020 - January 2021
Cat. No.

TTK 0072

Release date

April 7th, 2023

Additional links

Download Booklet(PDF)

Tech specs


DPA 4006A (main)
DPA 4015A (double bass, piano, violin)

Microphone preamps

Merging Technologies Hapi

AD/DA conversion

Merging Technologies Hapi
Merging Technologies Anubis
Grimm Audio CC2

Recording resolution

PCM 352.8kHz 32bit

Mastering resolution

PCM 352.8kHz 64bit

Monitoring (recording)

Audeze LCD-X

Monitoring (mastering)

KEF Blade Two
KEF LS50 Meta
Hegel H30
Hegel C55


Furutech custom microphone cables
Furutech custom interlinks
Furutech custom power cables
Furutech custom loudspeaker cables
Grimm Audio TPR8 breakout cables
Purecable Prime DIG75 word clock cable

"This album is worth the price of admission for the Franck sonata alone, but the first nine tracks are also superb and shouldn't be missed. They are every bit as beautiful, with sublime sound quality and masterful performances by all three musicians."

Chris Connaker, Audiophile Style

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