Gruber & Schwertsik: Works for trumpet and orchestra


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Gruber & Schwertsik: Works for trumpet and orchestra



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3rd Sept 2012




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Gruber & Schwertsik: Works for trumpet and orchestra

Gruber, HK:

3 MOB Pieces

Version for trumpet & chamber orchestra

Busking for trumpet, accordion, banjo and string orchestra

Mats Bergström (banjo) & Claudia Buder (accordion)


Divertimento Macchiato, Op. 99 per tromba et orchestra


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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

I. Presto

II. Molto largo

III. Allegro

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


Gramophone Magazine

November 2012

“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.”

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