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Exposed Throat - Gruber, Börtz, Et Al / Hĺkan Hardenberger

Release Date: 01/30/2007 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1281   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Heinz Karl "Nali" GruberDaniel BörtzPoul RudersRobert Henderson,   ... 
Performer:  Hĺkan Hardenberger
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Simultaneously one of the superstars of classical music and an indefatigable ambassador of contemporary music, Hĺkan Hardenberger presents a recital for solo trumpet where much of the music has been written directly for him. HK Gruber has previously collaborated with Hardenberger with the highly regarded concerto Aerial as a result. His Exposed Throat provides Hardenberger with the solo cadenza that the concerto lacks, as well as exploring the possibilities of creating polyphonic music for a single-voiced instrument. In his comments about Painting, Daniel Börtz – like Gruber – refers to Bach's solo sonatas as an inspiration. Poul Ruders has taken the emblematic trumpet signals Reveille and Retreat as a starting point for his work, Read more explaining that the two illustrate 'the nature of the trumpet, an instrument capable of glorious panache as well as sublime, inward-looking finesse'. Robert Henderson's Variation Movements was composed in the 1960s, and has been hailed as 'a modern trumpet classic'. The Sonata by Robin Holloway, at it's first try-out, proved to be 'a gruelling test of prowess', as the composer recounts, and had to be divided between three players! Holloway later made a more practical version for two trumpets, but Hardenberger here performs the original, which in the composer's words 'remains available as a challenge to the strong of lip, lungs and spirit'. Hĺkan Hardenberger is all of this, as he has proved before on BIS, for instance on Pričres sans paroles (BIS-SACD-1109) which was described by the reviewers as 'a dazzling virtuoso recital superbly played' (Gramophone) and as 'performed in an exemplary fashion' (Klassik Heute). His interpretations of the present programme – one which both technically and musically puts all preconceptions to the test – are no less masterful. Read less

Works on This Recording

Exposed Throat by Heinz Karl "Nali" Gruber
Performer:  Hĺkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000 
Length: 11 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Variation Movements for Trumpet Solo by Robert Henderson
Performer:  Hĺkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1967 
Length: 8 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Reveille - Retraite by Poul Ruders
Performer:  Hĺkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2003; Denmark 
Length: 10 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Mĺlning "Painting" by Daniel Börtz
Performer:  Hĺkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2000; Sweden 
Length: 8 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Sonata for Trumpet solo, Op. 94a by Robin Holloway
Performer:  Hĺkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1999; England 
Length: 21 Minutes 29 Secs. 

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