Grigory Krotenko: Travels with Goliath

May 7, 2018, 9:00 am

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Josef Kämpfer (1735–?1810) was a cavalry officer in the Hungarian army and a self-taught double bass virtuoso and double bass designer. He led a peripatetic life moving through musical circles at the highest levels in Austria, Germany, Paris, London and St. Petersburg. Kämpfer met Leopold Mozart, the Haydn brothers, Vaňhal, and many of the most famous musicians of the day. Russian performer Grigory Krotenko pays tribute to this pioneer of the “Goliath,” the nickname Kämpfer gave his double bass, with three works played on period instruments.