CD Spotlight. A Very Joyous Disc - Brahms arranged by Kenneth Woods impresses Alice McVeigh. '... this is an excellent performance representing a useful, joyful and even inspired addition to the orchestral repertoire.'
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Remembered today for the Dragonetti bow and for demonstrating the relevance of writing separate orchestral parts for the double bass, Italian double bass player and composer Domenico Carlo Maria Dragonetti was born in Venice on 9 April 1763. He remained in Venice for the first thirty years of his life, working at the Opera Buffa, the Chapel of San Marco and the Grand Opera.
In 1794 he was finally tempted to leave his hometown for the British capital, where he played in the orchestra at the King's Theatre and at Philharmonic Society concerts, settling in London until his death on 16 April 1846.