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Exposed Throat - Trumpet Recital

Composer Daniel Börtz
(HK) Heinz Karl Gruber
Robert Henderson
Robin Holloway
Poul Ruders
Performer Håkan Hardenberger
Period Contemporary
Catalogue Number BIS-1281 CD
EAN 7318590012819
Format CD
Release date Oct 2006
Total time 62'00

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Simultaneously one of the superstars of classical music and an indefatigable ambassador of contemporary music, Håkan Hardenberger presents a recital for solo trumpet where much of the music has been written directly for him. HK Gruber has previously collaborated with Hardenberger with the highly regarded concerto Aerial as a result. His Exposed Throat provides Hardenberger with the solo cadenza that the concerto lacks, as well as exploring the possibilities of creating polyphonic music for a single-voiced instrument. In his comments about Painting, Daniel Börtz – like Gruber – refers to Bach's solo sonatas as an inspiration. Poul Ruders has taken the emblematic trumpet signals Reveille and Retreat as a starting point for his work, explaining that the two illustrate 'the nature of the trumpet, an instrument capable of glorious panache as well as sublime, inward-looking finesse'. Robert Henderson's Variation Movements was composed in the 1960s, and has been hailed as 'a modern trumpet classic'. The Sonata by Robin Holloway, at it's first try-out, proved to be 'a gruelling test of prowess', as the composer recounts, and had to be divided between three players! Holloway later made a more practical version for two trumpets, but Hardenberger here performs the original, which in the composer's words 'remains available as a challenge to the strong of lip, lungs and spirit'. Håkan Hardenberger is all of this, as he has proved before on BIS, for instance on Prières sans paroles (BIS-SACD-1109) which was described by the reviewers as 'a dazzling virtuoso recital superbly played' (Gramophone) and as 'performed in an exemplary fashion' (Klassik Heute). His interpretations of the present programme – one which both technically and musically puts all preconceptions to the test – are no less masterful.
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  (HK) Heinz Karl Gruber
01 Exposed Throat for solo trumpet in C 11'22
  Daniel Börtz
02 Målning (Painting) for solo trumpet in C 8'53
  Poul Ruders
  Reveille – Retraite 10'01
03 Reveille (con fuoco) 1'35
04 Retraite (Lontano) 8'26
  Robert Henderson
  Variation Movements for trumpet solo 8'14
05 I. moving in a singing style 1'52
06 II. very fast 0'51
07 III. fast and marked 0'39
08 IV. slow and in a lyric style 2'58
09 V. fast and rhythmic 1'54
  Robin Holloway
  Sonata for solo trumpet 21'29
10 I. Prelude 5'33
11 II. Melody 5'05
12 III. Toccata, Intermezzo and Fugue 10'51
  Album total 62'00
TrumpetHardenberger, Håkan
ComposerBörtz, Daniel
Gruber, (HK) Heinz Karl
Henderson, Robert
Holloway, Robin
Ruders, Poul

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