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Håkan Hardenberger & Roland Pöntinen

Works by Antheil /Storm/Berio/ Sciarrino/Pöntinen/Lundgren/Thomson

The trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger particularly embodies the ideal of the modern virtuoso. He combines phenomenal technical virtuosity with sensitivity, intelligence and untiring curiosity. Together with pianist and composer Roland Pöntinen, Hardenberger presents a unique cross-section of American and European music from the last 70 years.

George Antheil's four-movement "Sonata" dates from 1951, when the self-proclaimed "bad boy of music" of the 1920s mainly worked for Hollywood and also allowed himself more classical tones and forms. In his "Three Autumns" of 2016 Staffan Storm, on the other hand, calls for the trumpet to offer the widest possible range of expressive possibilities, from feverish intensity to restrained, blues-like calm. The title of the work refers to a poem by Anna Achmatova, which culminates in the image of an autumn wind dramatically chasing to its death.

The second part of the evening opens with Luciano Berio's "Sequenza X" for trumpet solo and piano resonances from 1984 from his famous collection, which has redefined the idea of virtuosity. After two solo pieces for piano by Berio and Salvatore Sciarrino, the duo opens their eyes to the more soulful and jazzy sides of the trumpet, first with Roland Pöntinen's "L'éléphant rose" specially composed for Hardenberger, inspired by the dancing elephant from Disney's "Dumbo". The evening ends with Jan Ludgren's blues-like "The Seagull" and Virgil Thomson's concert waltz "At the beach"

Trompete Håkan Hardenberger

Piano Roland Pöntinen

Duration ca. 2h with interval

Main Event: > Kunstfestspiele Herrenhausen 2019 - all the infos
Event(s): 15.05.2019 
from 19:30 to 21:30 o'clock

Orangerie Herrenhausen

  • Herrenhäuser Straße 3a
  • 30419 Hannover
26/36/46 Euro reduced tickets from 13 Euro
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