Capriccio di Bravura (2012)


Rick Stotijn

The music of Giovanni Bottesini is a must for double bass players. It was a dream-cometrue for me to have the opportunity to record my favourite Bottesini pieces with my favourite ensemble Amsterdam Sinfonietta, who I have so enjoyed working with for the past ten years. And it is an unforgettable experienceto make a recording with friends including the top soloists Liza Ferschtman, Monika Leskovar, Candida Thompson and Hans Eijsackers, not to forget my own sisterChristianne.

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Amsterdam Sinfonietta

Amsterdam Sinfonietta is an ensemble of 22 gifted musicians who perform under the direction of Candida Thompson, artistic director|lead violin since 2003. The ensemble’s defining feature is the strong involvement and artistic drive of each individual member. The group has gained a reputation for distinguished, performances and innovative programming, often featuring surprising combinations of works. It collaborates with renowned artists and performs in major venues around throughout the world.

Founded in 1988 Amsterdam Sinfonietta is a highly respected ensemble with strong roots in the Dutch cultural scene. Every season it presents a series of concerts in the major concert halls of the The Netherlands. The orchestra boasts a young and loyal audience. Amsterdam Sinfonietta performs ingenious programmes featuring well-known repertoire combined with commissions, new arrangements or rarely performed works. Recent commissions include world premières of compositions by Sofia Gubaidulina, HK Gruber, Michel van der Aa and P?teris Vasks. Over the past seasons Amsterdam Sinfonietta has initiated and recorded new arrangements of various chamber music works. These include works by Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Schulhoff, Haas, Shostakovich and Berg.

Amsterdam Sinfonietta enjoys intensive collaborations with pre-eminent musicians. Guest artists such as Janine Jansen, David Fray, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Barbara Hannigan, Maxim Vengerov, Thomas Hampson, Sergey Khachatryan, Christianne Stotijn, Håkan Hardenberger, Martin Fröst, Julian Rachlin, Sol Gabetta, James Gilchrist, Natalia Gutman and Isabelle van Keulen have made return appearances with the orchestra.

Recently the ensemble toured China performing concerts with cellist Pieter Wispelwey. The group also performed spectacular performances with solo cellist Sol Gabetta at the Barbican in London, the Philharmonie in Luxemburg, Bozar in Brussels, the Musikhalle in Hamburg and the Konserthuset in Stockholm. The latest tour through Germany and Belgium with the French pianist David Fray was a resouding success culminating in ecstatic reviews. Following concerts in Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt and Düsseldorf and the Frankfurter Rundschau wrote: ’For the chamber orchestra Amsterdam Sinfonietta, performing under the direction of Candida Thompson, the keyword is alertness. The 22 string players […] communicate with each other in a state of heightened awareness. Each player listens attentively to the others, to the counter lines and tonal colours. […] The result sounded fresh and modern – simply brilliant.’ The group has been a guest at many international festivals including the Adelaide Festival, Gergiev Festival, Schleswig Holstein Festival and La Roque d’Antheron and also appears regularly at the Holland Festival and in the Robeco Summer Series and Carte Blanche Series in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw.

Every year the ensemble shows its versatility with a New Year’s programme that transcends the bounds of a conventional concert. This New Year’s programme has become a tradition attracting new and diverse audiences in many national venues. Joining forces with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Roby Lakatos, and Chick Corea has resulted in intriguing on-stage chemistry and compelling concerts. The orchestra also participates in multidisciplinary projects. Together with the Dutch-Italian choreographers Emio Greco & PC, the ensemble presented a theatrical production featuring a contemporary collage of Bach’s St Matthew Passion. Amsterdam Sinfonietta has also worked with the actor Jeroen Willems and stage director Pierre Audi in a programme centred on Alban Berg’s Lyric Suite. Upcoming projects include a Dessner-Greenwood double portrait featuring recent compositions by Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead fame and Bryce and Aaron Dessner from the successful rock band The National. Other future projects include collaborations with the violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, baritone Thomas Hampson and clarinettist Martin Fröst and tours of Germany, Russia and China.

Rick Stotijn

Rick Stotijn received his first lessons at the age of eight, studied at the Conservatory in Amsterdam with his father Peter Stotijn where he graduated with the highest distinction. Later on he studied with Bozo Paradzik at the Hochschule in Freiburg. Rick won several first prizes at a.o the Princess Christina Competition, the Young Musical Talent Foundation and in 2013 the Netherlands Music Prize, which is the highest Dutch Music Award for young and talented musicians.

Many solo appearances at home and abroad were soon to follow including a Carte Blanche series in the small hall of the Concert gebouw Amsterdam. Rick Stotijn performs regularly as soloist with Orchestra’s such as the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Rotterdam Chamber Orchestra and the Arnhem Philharmonic Orchestra. Moreover he is very much in demand for chamber music concerts, performing with Janine Jansen, Jurgen Kussmaul, Gidon Kremer, Christianne Stotijn, Liza Ferschtman, Robert Holl, Mischa Maisky, Bram van Sambeek, Julius Drake, Candida Thompson and many others.

Rick is a regular guest at festivals such as the Lucerne Festival, Delft Chamber Music Festival and the International Chamber Music Festival of Janine Jansen in Utrecht.

Liza Ferschtman

Dutch violinist Liza Ferschtman is known for her passionate performances, interesting programs and communicative qualities on stage. She is equally at home on the concert stage with concertos, chamber music, recitals and solo works. In 2006 she received the highest accolade awarded to a musician in the Netherlands, the Dutch Music Prize.

Born into a family of Russian musicians, Liza Ferschtman was constantly surrounded by music. One of her earliest major influences was the violinist Philipp Hirschhorn, a close family friend. She received her formal training from Herman Krebbers at the Amsterdam Conservatory, Ida Kavafian at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and David Takeno in London.

In recent years Liza Ferschtman has performed with all significant Dutch Orchestras, including the Royal Concertgebouw and the Rotterdam Philhamonic. She has been soloist of the Orchestre National de Belgique, European Union Youth Orchestra, Yomiuri Nippon Orchestra, Malaysian Philharmonic, Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, Bremen Philharmonic, Radio Symphony Orchestra of Prague, Malmö Symphony, and Bergen Philharmonic. Conductors she has worked with include Stephan Blunier, Frans Bruggen, Christoph von Dohnanyi, Claus Peter Flor, Neeme Järvi, Yakov Kreizberg, Zdenek Macal, Jun Maerkl, Gianandrea Noseda, Marc Soustrot, Leonard Slatkin, Thomas Sondergard, Karl-Heinz Steffens, Mario Venzago and Jaap van Zweden.

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Capriccio di Bravura (2012)


Rick Stotijn

    Audiophile Audition

As well as a doublebass virtuoso, Bottesini was a celebrated opera composer and conductor in his day. You can tell that right away from the music on this program. (...) the instrument really shines and appropriately, sings in these works (...) Throughout, Dutch virtuoso Rick Stotijn plays with beauty of tone and alacrity (...)

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    De Volkskrant

De alle kanten uitfladderende flageoletten die Rick Stotijn uit zijn contrabass tovert, geven dit enorme instrument merkwaardig genoeg de allure van een kolibrie of een vlinder. (…)


Een cd om heel vrolijk van te worden. -

The playing of the Amsterdam Sinfonietta (and Rick Stotijn's colleagues in the quintets) is, as we have come to expect from this fine body of musicians, superb. Channel's 5.0 DSD multi-channel recording has a lovely open sound capturing realistically both the rasp and legato sound of Rick Stotijn's instrument in equal measure. Both in terms of its imaginative programming and marvellous execution of the music by the artists involved, this is a wonderful SACD enriched by Channel's exceptionally vivid recorded sound. Enthusiastically recommended - a disc not to be missed. 5 stars performance and sonics


Je moet dit gehoord hebben om het te geloven: dat iemand zó virtuoos en zó vrij op een contrabas kan spelen. (...) Zelfs als het echt héél moeilijk wordt blijft zijn spel een klasse apart: wie doet hem dit na? Jongleren, ja, volop zelfs, maar wel intens muzikaal, acrobatiek is geen doel op zich. Rick Stotijn laat zijn instrument bij wijze van spreken alle hoeken van de kamer zien en dat is op zich al een grandioos feest. En dan is er ook het ensemble dat het ene na het andere juweel uit de hoge hoed tovert. (...) Dat het zo met elkaar, met deze keur van solisten en het eveneens de sterren van de hemel spelende Amsterdam Sinfonietta, bijzonder inspirerend moet zijn geweest spat er van begin tot eind vanaf. (...)Tjonge, wát is dit genieten! Capriccio di Bravura? Nou en of!

    Nederlands Dagblad

Stotijn laat zijn bas smachten, steunen, maar vooral zingen. Zijn techniek is fenomenaal (...)

    Classics Today

The best Bottessini disc ever ... (...) Rick Stotijn is a first rate virtuoso, a real master of his instrument. Many of the works here are arrangements, granted, but they are invariably well made, respectful of the originals, superbly played by world class artists, and chosen so as to demonstrate that Bottesini was not an empty-headed noodler on his unwieldy instrument, but a musician of wide-ranging taste and genuine culture. (...) as a splendid recital and a revelatory portrait of a much-maligned composer, this disc stands in a class all its own.


al luisterend raak je in de ban van de puurheid, de ongecompliceerdheid, de eenvoud in vergelijking met welke andere grotere bezetting dan ook. (...) De twee violen meanderen lustig door elkaar, zuiver, gaaf, levendig (...) een cd van het kleine genieten, een exquise verzameling voorgerechtjes voor de fijnproever.


Great compositions by extremely gifted composers given exceptional playing by superlative soloists all wonderfully recorded make this another must own SACD. (...)

    Classical Music Sentinel

It's difficult to imagine that a musical instrument as heavy and unwieldy as a double bass could sound so light and malleable as it does in this wonderful recording by double bassist Rick Stotijn. (...) There is something for everyone on this CD (...) He plays the double bass with an ease that belies its size and technical demands, so much so that the instrument itself ceases to be the medium and becomes the music.

    American Record Guide

the music of Bottesini is played with flair by a bunch of musicians who work well together. Bottesini can take all this arranging since the music is not built for depth but for enjoyment. So enjoy!


It never ceases to amaze me how unabashedly delirious and insane Bottesini's music is, and why it is not performed more regularly... It's even more impossible how brilliantly Rick Stotijn carries out Bottesini's delightful intentions, how effortlessly Stotijn soars with his partners in each of these concoctions to places and at speeds where no double bass has any right to go, and how carelessly he is apt to adorn even the simplest lines with subtly colored, poetically inflected nuance. (…) The sound is the usual Channel Classics demontration quality: razor sharp, warm. Full range, and, in surround mode, quietly spectacular.

    Audiophile Audition -

Rick Stotijn plays with beauty of tone and alacrity (...) The Amsterdam strings provide a lush, cushiony backdrop to the proceedings, all captured in richly atmospheric surround sound (…) a must for doublebassists. 4 STARS -

Rick Stotijn vollbringt am Kontrabass allerlei schier unglaubliche Kunststücke und wird dabei von erstklassigen musikalischen Partnern unterstützt. (…) Der niederländische Kontrabassist Rick Stotijn bedient sein Instrument mit solcher technischer Vollendung und einem derartigen Feingefühl, dass man seinen Ohren kaum traut. Ist das wirklich ein Kontrabass? (…) Virtuosenfeuerwerke werden hier wirklich zu Musik. Seine instrumentalen Mitstreiterinnen und Mitstreiter erweisen sich als ebenso inspiriert und engagiert. 5/5

Capriccio di Bravura (2012)


Rick Stotijn

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Digital Converters: Grimm A/D DSD / Meitner DA
Mastering Engineer: Jared Sacks
Mastering Equipment: B&W 803 diamond series
Microphones: Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps
Mixing Board: Rens Heijnis custom design
Producer: Jared Sacks, Willem de Bordes
Recording Engineer: Jared Sacks
Recording location: Leiden Holland 2012
Recording Software: Pyramix bij Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64
Speakers: Audiolab, Holland

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