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Gruber, Eotvos, Turnage / Hardenberger, Eotvos

Release Date: 08/08/2006 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 000672602   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Peter EötvösHeinz Karl "Nali" GruberMark-Anthony Turnage
Performer:  Hĺkan Hardenberger
Conductor:  Peter Eötvös
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

To the small body of concerted works for trumpet come these three amazing compositions that go a long way to redefine the genre. H.K. Gruber's glittering, phantasmagorical Aerial opens in a misty atmosphere wherein the solo trumpet plays in its dark, lowest register. This, along with a relaxed embouchure that causes the tone to split in two, results in the trumpet sounding very much like a foghorn. Indeed, through his stunning technique trumpeter Hakan Hardenberger is able to create a sound that gives the impression of two or three soloists playing from different parts of the stage. Aerial's second movement, "Gone Dancing", is an acrobatic free-for-all featuring some simply breathtaking
Read more solo writing that Hardenberger negotiates with seeming ease.

A blaring elephant opens Peter Eötvös' Jet Stream, accompanied by a phalanx of crashing and clanging percussion. In this work Hardenberger actually does have three other trumpeters shadowing him, and the affect is arresting. This is the most modernist of the three works on this disc, but the atmosphere Eötvös conjures is mesmerizing, like some pagan ritual from a distant planet.

Mark-Anthony Turnage's jazz-inflected From the Wreckage brings us back to earth, though this too is full of surprises. A hard light glints over this music, which sounds like a mash-up of Duke Ellington and Alban Berg. The harsh, gloomy atmosphere of Berg's Lulu serves as a launching point, after which the music slowly rises from dark despair to angry activity. It never really gets happy, but it's invigorating nonetheless, especially as Hardenberger's solo line becomes increasingly frantic. At the climax, the music careens into a demented hyperkinetic ragtime before running out of steam and settling into a poignant, resigned close.

Hardenberger proves to be one of most prodigiously talented musicians alive today, playing the B-flat, C, and piccolo trumpets, as well as the flugelhorn and cow horn (and even vocalizing through his horn in Aerial) with impeccable, confident tone, all the while popping off high notes that would make Maynard Ferguson jealous. Partnering with him is Peter Eötvös leading the Gothenburg Symphony in brilliant and bracing accompaniments, all captured in DG's spacious, vividly detailed recording. This release is a thrill for trumpet aficionados and new music fans alike. Enthusiastically recommended!

– Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Jet Stream by Peter Eötvös
Performer:  Hĺkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Peter Eötvös
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Date of Recording: 04/2004 
Venue:  Konserthuset, Göteborg, Sweden 
Length: 21 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Concerto for Trumpet "Ariel" by Heinz Karl "Nali" Gruber
Performer:  Hĺkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Peter Eötvös
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Austria 
Date of Recording: 02/2005 
Venue:  Konserthuset, Göteborg, Sweden 
Length: 25 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Austria (1998 - 1999). 
Concerto for Trumpet "From the Wreckage" by Mark-Anthony Turnage
Performer:  Hĺkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)
Conductor:  Peter Eötvös
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 11/2005 
Venue:  Konserthuset, Göteborg, Sweden 
Length: 14 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: England (2004 - 2005). 

Sound Samples

Aerial. Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra: 1. Done with the compass - Done with the chart! (after "Wild Nights" by Emily Dickinson)
Aerial. Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra: 2. Gone Dancing
Jet Stream, for Trumpet and Orchestra
From the Wreckage. Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra

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