Gruber/ Schwertsik: Works For Trumpet/ Orchestra (3 Mob/ Busking/ Divertimento) (Håkan Hardenberger/ Mats Bergström/ Claudia Buder/ Swedish Chamber Orchestra/ HK Gruber) (BIS: BISCD1884)
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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.