“Late Night” concert with HK Gruber’s “Frankenstein!!”

21 Jan 2012
Late Night at the Philharmonie

Members of the Berliner Philharmoniker
HK Gruber

HK Gruber, Gábor Tarkövi

  • Kurt Weill
    Berlin im Licht Song for vocals and jazz instruments (8 min.)

    HK Gruber Chansonnier

  • Kurt Weill
    Öl-Musik for voice and instrumental ensemble (7 min.)

    HK Gruber Chansonnier

  • Luciano Berio
    Sequenza X for trumpet in C (and piano resonances) (19 min.)

    Gábor Tarkövi Trumpet

  • HK Gruber
    Frankenstein!!, A Pandemonium for chansonnier and ensemble after children’s rhymes by H. C. Artmann (40 min.)

Settings of nursery rhymes often sound quite harmless: Not, however, if the texts are by H.C. Artmann and the music by the composer, conductor and chansonnier HK Gruber. In their Frankenstein!!, there is a pandemonium of bizarre villains who hide their true beings behind a mask of innocence.

Gruber, a former member of the Vienna Boys Choir and student of Gottfried von Einem, has composed snappy music from Artmann’s poems, inspired by the song style of Weill. The version presented in this Late Night concert was premiered in 1978 by, incidentally, none other than Simon Rattle. This night session also includes music by Kurt Weill. His peppy, cheeky song Berlin im Licht was written in 1928 for an exhibition of the same name by the Berlin gas and electricity companies. There is also the equally witty and ambiguous Öl-Musik, originally composed as incidental music for the economy-themed stage comedy Konjunktur. And, as in every “Late Night”, there is again a Sequenza by Luciano Berio, this time the tenth, played by principal trumpet player of the Berliner Philharmoniker, Gábor Tarkövi.

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