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bassics & ballet music

  • Stravinsky Pulcinella Suite
  • Edgar Meyer Double Bass Concerto No. 2 (2006 version, West Coast Premiere)

Delight in American genius with the ballet Copland wrote for Martha Graham and the unique fusion of classical, bluegrass and other traditional styles that mark Edgar’s Meyer’s amazing compositions. LACO principal bass Susan Ranney says, “Edgar Meyer is a soul that has decided to locate itself in a bass,? and the Democrat and Chronicle writes, “In Meyer’s expressive hands, the bass was immediately transformed into a soaring, lyrical swan.? For his 1920 ballet on a commedia dell’arte plot, Stravinsky drew inspiration from music by early 18th century masters Pergolesi and Gallo.

“The impression [Edgar Meyer’s concerto] gives is of a lot of instruments having fun, with the soloist accomplishing prodigious feats along the way. With its palpable physicality, the bass seemed more Mr. Meyer’s partner than his tool…His versatility should be celebrated.? – The New York Times

broadcast info

Recorded for broadcast on April 9, 2006 at Royce Hall, UCLA. The broadcast of this performance is made possible by generous gifts from Brigitta Troy and General Electric.

  • Jeffrey Kahane Jeffrey Kahane

    photo Michael Burke

  • Edgar Meyer Edgar Meyer

    photo: Christian Steiner

Edgar Meyer’s performance at Royce Hall is generously sponsored by Ann Petersen and Dr. Leslie Pam.

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