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Though he earned vast riches during his lifetime as a virtuoso of the double bass, Bottesini’s versatility as a remarkably complete musician took him around the world on an unremitting schedule as a conductor too, while never apparently depriving him of time to compose 13 operas and a wealth of other work, including this Requiem to the memory of his brother. During a lifetime dominated by Verdi, his operatic style gained little critical enthusiasm, though the warmth of this performance, both choral and orchestral, suggests such neglect to be a great pity.

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