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HK Gruber - Zeitstimmung

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-1681 SACD
Release date2006-09-20
Orig. sample rate44100Hz
Total time78:44

International Record Review: outstanding.

It has been said about HK Gruber (b. 1943) that he 'throws off labels as fast as pundits can affix them. Neo-romantic, neo-tonal, neo-expressionistic, neo-Viennese: he isn’t any of these things, so much as a sentient composer who keeps responding to whatever musical stimulus, be it highbrow or lowbrow, 12-tone or 7-tone, bitter or sweet, that comes his way.' The programme on this disc demonstrates many of Gruber's facets. In Rough Music he proves his familiarity with rhythmic serialism as used by Alban Berg, but the main impetus for the work was provided by his reading about a French custom of villagers ostracizing undesirable elements by making noises outside their homes. In Zeitstimmung, he returns to texts by his friend H.C. Artmann – who also provided the libretto for the successful 'pan-demonium' Frankenstein!!! – and creates a mosaic in which golden Chinese dragons, a fat Count complete with eyeglass, Shnorrhabardian the Armenian maker of wooden horses and a Viennese war invalid in the Prater are only some of the ingredients. And in Charivari, finally, Gruber takes up the gauntlet from the Waltz King himself, Johann Strauss II. The incessant ostinato of the latter's Perpetuum Mobile is used as the starting point of what has been interpreted as a scathing exposé of how Austria has suppressed its share of the guilt in various political events, instead concealing itself behind a smug mask. With Gruber himself performing, in his inimitable way, the vocal part in Zeitstimmung, with young percussionist Martin Grubinger and with the Tonkünstler Orchestra under its dynamic principal conductor Kristjan Järvi the scene is set for an exhilarating, troubling, frightening and ultimately indescribable experience.
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$ 16.31
Extra material for download
  Composer: Gruber, (HK) Heinz Karl
  Rough Music - Concerto for percussion and orchestra 25:57
01 I. Toberac 06:27 $ 1.35 USD
02 II. Shivaree 10:29 $ 2.20 USD
03 III.Charivari (pour Henri Sauguet, au tombeau de Monsieur le
09:01 $ 1.89 USD
  Composer: Gruber, (HK) Heinz Karl
  Zeitstimmung (Time Shadow) for chansonnier and orchestra to
texts by H.C. Artmann
04 golddrachen 03:52 $ 0.81 USD
05 exempel der pyrofilie 01:55 $ 0.40 USD
06 die zeit der fliegenden fische 00:25 $ 0.09 USD
07 eine laus im uhrgehäuse 00:42 $ 0.15 USD
08 caspar, ein meister 00:52 $ 0.18 USD
09 wer in die hölle kommt 02:59 $ 0.63 USD
10 der graf mit dem einglas 06:33 $ 1.38 USD
11 gewehr bei fuß 00:36 $ 0.13 USD
12 schnorrhabardian 06:13 $ 1.31 USD
13 wenn du in den prater kommst 03:26 $ 0.72 USD
14 die sintflut 02:31 $ 0.53 USD
15 mene tekel 06:53 $ 1.45 USD
16 fenster ins freie 01:21 $ 0.28 USD
  Composer: Strauss II, Johann
17 Perpetuum mobile. A Musical Joke, Op.257 02:44 $ 0.57 USD
  Composer: Gruber, (HK) Heinz Karl
18 Charivari. An Austrian Journal for Orchestra 10:40 $ 2.24 USD
  Album total 78:44
ComposerGruber, (HK) Heinz Karl
Strauss II, Johann
OrchestraTonkünstler Orchestra
ConductorJärvi, Kristjan
PercussionGrubinger, Martin
ChansonnierGruber, (HK) Heinz Karl

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