Dean - Dramatis Personae; Francesconi - Hard Pace
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Cat No: BIS2067
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 30th June 2017
WorksDramatos Personae for trumpet and orchestra
Hard Pace: Concerto for trumpet and orchestra
ArtistsHakan Hardenberger (trumpet)
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 Storgårds who provide Håkan Hardenberger with expert support in these demanding and rewarding scores.
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