Shedding New Light on Double Bass
Double bassist John Feeney wins award from Classical Recording Foundation
Orchestra of St. Luke double bassist John Feeney and the Loma Mar String Quartet’s early music project, Dragonetti’s New Academy, has won an award from the Classical Recording Foundation. The quartet and Feeney are making premiere recordings of 31 string quintets and five string quartets by 19th-century composer Domenico Dragonetti. Feeney transcribed the works from microfilm from the British Museum. “Dragonetti’s music is just an absolutely fascinating window into this time and into his life,” Feeney says.
Feeney is making these transcriptions available through the early-music publisher Grancino Editions. Through the ensemble performances and the sheet music, Feeney hopes to reestablish the presence of the double bass in popular chamber music. “In Dragonetti’s day, there was no chamber music gathering, no soirée that would have been complete without his presence,” Feeney says. “I get somewhat dismayed when I see hundreds of string quartets listed in Chamber Music America and I don’t see a single quintet—nothing with a double bass, ever.”