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Håkan Hardenberger returns to BIS with a disc of works written especially for him by HK Gruber and Kurt Schwertsik.
The Three MOB Pieces, composed in 1968, take inspiration from a diverse cross-section of music, including the neo-classicism of Stravinsky, the Beatles and the cabaret music by Hanns Eisler and Kurt Weill.
In each of the three movements of Busking the soloist plays a trumpet in a different key, with the accompaniment of an accordion, a banjo and strings.
Schwertsik’s title for his Divertimento is deceptive as he adds both melancholy and defiance to a work that appears, on the face of it, to offer easy-on-the-ear entertainment.
Heinz Karl Gruber: 3 MOB Stucke, Op. 20 (version for trumpet and chamber orchestra)
No. 1. Patrol: Tempo di bossa nova
No. 2. After Heine: Medium beat
No. 3. Verse: Soft medium rock
Heinz Karl Gruber: Busking
II. Molto largo
Kurt Schwertsik: Divertimento Macchiato, Op. 99
I. Alla marcia
II. Serenata: Maestoso
III. Capriccio (& Intermezzo): Molto deciso - Andante tranquillo
IV. Notturno: Andante tranquillo
V. Finale: Con spirito, molto vivace
“The disc's centrepiece is HK Gruber's trumpet concerto Busking...The most involving passages, to my ear, are those in which banjo and accordion cut loose from their idiomatic moorings, joining the trumpet in freer interplay...The other works on the disc are more occasional in tone and cast in a neo-tonal vein in which faux naif irony is rarely absent.”