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Dean: Dramatis personæ - Francesconi: Hard Pace


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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 vituosic 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 classical flawed heros 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 comment sto 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.
Facts
Item number BIS-2067
Barcode 7318599920672
Release date 6/2/2017
Category Orchestral
Label BIS
Media type SACD
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Hardenberger, Håkan
Conductor Storgårds, John
Orchestra Göteborgs Symfoniker
Disc: 1
Dramatis personae00:31:00
1 Dramatis personæ: I. Fall of a Superhero 00:13:13 Hardenberger, Håkan Storgårds, John Göteborgs Symfoniker
2 Dramatis personæ: II. Soliloquy 00:08:29 Hardenberger, Håkan Storgårds, John Göteborgs Symfoniker
3 Dramatis personæ: III. The Accidental Revolutionar 00:09:21 Hardenberger, Håkan Storgårds, John Göteborgs Symfoniker
Hard Pace00:26:00
4 Hard Pace: I. Quarter Note = 60 00:12:14 Hardenberger, Håkan Storgårds, John Göteborgs Symfoniker
5 Hard Pace: II. Adagio 00:07:39 Hardenberger, Håkan Storgårds, John Göteborgs Symfoniker
6 Hard Pace: III. Miles 00:03:35 Hardenberger, Håkan Storgårds, John Göteborgs Symfoniker
7 Hard Pace: IV. Finale 00:02:49 Hardenberger, Håkan Storgårds, John Göteborgs Symfoniker
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