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Håkan Hardenberger - Both Sides, Now

Composer Michel Legrand
Jan Lundgren
Joni Mitchell
Ennio Morricone
Thomas Newman
Astor Piazzolla
Richard Rodgers
Nino Rota
Rolf Wallin
Kurt Weill
Performer Håkan Hardenberger
Roland Pöntinen
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Kenneth Sillito, conductor
Period Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-1814 SACD
EAN 7318599918143
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Feb 2012
Total time 50'21

CD of the Week, DR (Danish Radio)
”Hardenberger proves that the trumpet can smooch as well as any saxophone or clarinet.” The Mail on Sunday; “One of the greatest trumpet soloists of this generation. I ... was pleasantly surprised with its beauty and elegance.” American Record Guide; ”The most tasteful crossover disc I’ve heard in ages.” TheArtsDesk; “Hardenberger has it all: gorgeous tone, consistency throughout all registers, immaculate intonation and superb dynamic control… The arrangements are unfailingly beautiful and inventive.” MusicWeb International

For more than two decades, Håkan Hardenberger has been breaking new ground for the trumpet, commissioning new works from the world’s foremost composers. On the present disc he shows a different side of his music-making, however – one that may surprise those who know him as the intrepid interpreter of fiendishly complicated contemporary scores or the impeccably elegant performer of the classical repertoire such as the trumpet concertos by Haydn and Hummel. Not that Hardenberger is less intrepid or elegant than usual – but now he is finding use for these qualities in a programme of his own favourite songs and film themes, in imaginative arrangements made especially for this recording. Continuing a tradition begun by Chet Baker, Hardenberger’s trumpet-and-strings disc is as smooth as any, with the soloist relishing the opportunity to play the most meltingly beautiful tunes, in the most meltingly tuneful way. It also brings him together with some long-standing musical collaborators of his – the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the pianist Roland Pöntinen, who has made several of the arrangements and who also appears as guest performer in Michel Legrand’s Sans Toi and Kurt Weill’s Speak Low.
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  Astor Piazzolla
01 Oblivión 4'54
  Joni Mitchell
  Both Sides, Now - arr. Roland Pöntinen
02 Both Sides, Now 5'53
  Richard Rodgers
  My Funny Valentine, arr. Thomas Stevens - ‘in memoriam Chet Baker’
03 My Funny Valentine - ‘in memoriam Chet Baker’ 4'22
  Andante pour trompette, arr. Roland Pöntinen
04 Andante pour trompette 3'19
  Jan Lundgren
  The Seagull, arr. Roland Pöntinen
05 The Seagull 6'48
  Kurt Weill
  Speak Low, arr. Roland Pöntinen
06 Speak Low 4'10
  Michel Legrand
  Sans toi
07 Sans Toi 4'26
  Thomas Newman
  Angels in America, arr. Roland Pöntinen
08 Angels in America 3'10
  Ennio Morricone
  Gabriel’s Oboe from ‘The Mission’, arr. Tobias Broström
09 Gabriel’s Oboe from ‘The Mission’ 3'15
  Nino Rota
  Waltz and Love Theme from ‘The Godfather’, arr. Tobias Broström
10 Waltz and Love Theme from ‘The Godfather’ 4'02
  Rolf Wallin
11 Elegy 4'44
  Album total 50'21
ComposerLegrand, Michel
Lundgren, Jan
Mitchell, Joni
Morricone, Ennio
Newman, Thomas
Piazzolla, Astor
Rodgers, Richard
Rota, Nino
Wallin, Rolf
Weill, Kurt
TrumpetHardenberger, Håkan
OrchestraAcademy of St. Martin in the Fields
ConductorSillito, Kenneth
ArrangerBrostrom, Tobias
Pontinen (Pöntinen), Roland
PianoPontinen (Pöntinen), Roland

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