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H.k. Gruber: 3 Mob Pieces; Busking; Kurt Schwertsik: Divertimento Macchiato

Gruber / Schwertsik / Hardenberger / Swedish
Release Date: 08/28/2012 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1884   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Heinz Karl "Nali" GruberKurt Schwertsik
Performer:  Håkan HardenbergerClaudia BuderMats Bersgtrom
Conductor:  HK Gruber
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The common denominator of the three works presented here is the soloist Håkan Hardenberger. In 1999, the celebrated trumpet player asked HK Gruber to arrange his 3 MOB Pieces for trumpet and orchestra, and eight years later Gruber wrote the concerto Busking while his long-time collaborator Kurt Schwertsik wrote Divertimento Macchiato, both on Hardenberger's initiative. In the 1960s Schwertsik and Gruber became known as ambassadors of the 'Third Viennese School' - a grouping which originated as a reaction against the total serialism of Darmstadt-centred avant-garde. One of the first manifestations of this was the 'MOB art & tone ART' Ensemble, in which the two composers and their friends performed new music of a delib­erately Read more informal, un-solemn sort. With influences as diverse as the neo-classicism of Stravinsky, the Beatles and the cabaret music by Hanns Eisler and Kurt Weill, the MOB Pieces, composed in 1968, are a perfect illustration of this. Gruber's work has always shown a strong connection with various kinds of popular music, and his concerto Busking is another example. In each of its three movements the soloist plays a trumpet in a different key, with the accompaniment of an accordion, a banjo and strings. Often the accor­dion and banjo join the trumpet as a solo group, with a resulting sound evocative of street musicians and New Orleans jazz. On the surface, Schwertsik has remained closer to home, by taking recourse to a form typical of the classicism of Vienna during Mozart's days. But the title Divertimento is deceptive - Schwertsik adds both melancholy and defiance to a work that appears, on the face of it, to offer easy-on-the-ear enter­tainment, and the five-movement work ends with an epilogue for the trumpet alone - a soliloquy almost Mahlerian in its sense of loneliness and desolation. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Mob Pieces (3), for 7 interchangeable instruments & percussion by Heinz Karl "Nali" Gruber
Performer:  Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)
Conductor:  HK Gruber
Period: Contemporary 
Date of Recording: 11/2011-12/2010 
Venue:  Örebro Concert Hall, Sweden 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
2.
Busking, for trumpet, accordion, banjo & string orchestra by Heinz Karl "Nali" Gruber
Performer:  Claudia Buder (Accordion), Mats Bersgtrom (Banjo), Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)
Conductor:  HK Gruber
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2007 
Date of Recording: 05/2009 
Venue:  Örebro Concert Hall, Sweden 
Length: 31 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3.
Divertimento Macchiato, Op. 99 by Kurt Schwertsik
Performer:  Håkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)
Conductor:  HK Gruber
Date of Recording: 11/2011-12/2010 
Venue:  Örebro Concert Hall, Sweden 
Length: 27 Minutes 30 Secs. 

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