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Dean: Dramatis Personae - Francesconi: Hard Pace / Hardenberger, Storgards, Gothenburg Symphony

Release Date: 06/02/2017 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2067  
Composer:  Brett DeanLuca Francesconi
Performer:  Hĺkan Hardenberger
Conductor:  John Storgĺrds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ever since his very first disc, released by BIS some thirty years ago, Hakan Hardenberger has earned recognition for his performances of the classical repertory, but also as a pioneer of significant and virtuosic new music for the trumpet. Collaborations with composers such as Takemitsu, Part, Henze, and H.K. Gruber have resulted in numerous works, of which the two recorded here are among the more recent. Brett Dean's concerto Dramatis personae is named after the term used for the list of characters in a stage work, and casts the soloist in the role of the ''Hero''. Dean's protagonist is a complex one, however, with traits inspired by comic book super heros as well as the
Read more classical flawed heroes of literature and legend: ''Soliloquy'', the second movement, is a reference to Hamlet, while Charlie Chaplin's character in Modern Times has inspired the work's finale, ''The Accidental Revolutionary''. If there is a hero in the concerto by Luca Francesconi, it is Miles Davis. In his comments to the work, Francesconi talks of Davis as ''a musician who transcends all labels'' with ''a delicate, cracked sound'' and a voice which speaks directly to the listener. Hard Pace, the title of Francesconi's work, is an allusion to a difficult journey, but it is also a conflation of the names of the performers for whom it was written: Hardenberger, Antonio Pappano and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra. On the present recording it is the Gothenburg Symphony and conductor John Storgards who provide Hakan Hardenberger with expert support in these demanding and rewarding scores.



I can't find any ecidence to corroborate the booklet note's suggestion that Dean's trumpet concerto is a preparatory work for the opera Hamlet, but the idea is a fertile one. Not only is the piece as theatrical as the title suggests, it also has a compelling downwards trajectory right from the ominous bass melody that takes over soon after the concerto has pattered its way into being.

Francesconi's concerto Hard Pace couldn't be more different but is just as special, perhaps even more so. Textures are spare, harmonies are rich, tension is high - not least as the trumpet is pressured into a treacherous acsent at the end of the first movement. Together, Hardenberger, Storgårds, and the GSO are a dream team.

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Works on This Recording

Dramatis personae for Trumpet and Orchestra by Brett Dean
Performer:  Hĺkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)
Conductor:  John Storgĺrds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2013; Australia 
Concerto for Trumpet "Hard Pace" by Luca Francesconi
Performer:  Hĺkan Hardenberger (Trumpet)
Conductor:  John Storgĺrds
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Contemporary 
Written: 2007; Italy 

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