Gruber, H K - Frankenstein - Gruber, H K

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Chandos is proud to present the premiere recording of the orchestral version of the strangely macabre work, Frankenstein!!, narrated and conducted by HK Gruber.

It is for the first time recorded in English

Ideal music for children.

Frankenstein!! is a modern classic: a witty, yet appropriately twisted portrait of the late 20th Century, which has received hundreds of performances and broadcasts worldwide and described by the composer as a ‘pan-demonium’. Nonetheless, the orchestral version of it receives its premiere recording with this release. Narrated and conducted by HK Gruber, this version is hugely entertaining and devilishly clever! It is a triumph of slightly warped imagination, and is as brilliant as it is unexpected. Gruber is one of the most well-known and well-loved figures in the Austrian contemporary music scene. Composing in his own highly individual style, he has produced works which remain refreshingly unique, stemming from a cabaret style of the Weimar Republic, and often combined with irreverent black humour. The Times described Gruber’s performance as ‘both grisly and bizarre, and altogether an extraordinary conception…The score is often hilarious, but Gruber’s own delivery, a tour de force of vocal gymnastics, reinforces the underlying seriousness”. This satirical song-cycle sets mock nursery rhymes about monsters and superheroes and rats and John Wayne! Rarely has a classical piece been able to make the listener laugh so much, with orchestration ranging from the exquisite to the downright ridiculous.

Coupled with Frankenstein!! are two other orchestral works Dancing in the Dark – a combination between the great Viennese tradition and Fred Astaire, ‘a dizzying cavalcade of musical contrasts’ (The Guardian) and Perpetuum mobile – Charivari in which Gruber’s rich and playful orchestration pays homage to the late-Romantic excesses of Mahler and Strauss. This disc presents the multi-faceted talent of Gruber and will make an ideal introduction to the works of this incredibly talented contemporary composer. If you have a wicked sense of humour, this disc is for you!

'…a virtually uncategorizable work, a zanily bedazzling collage of different influences and styles, ranging all the way from bar-room cabaret to operatic declamation … great fun.'
(Classic CD)

BBC Philharmonic/HK Gruber
premiere recording in this version
A pandemonium for chansonnier and orchestra after children's rhymes by H.C. Artmann
1 Fanfare, Prologue
2 I a) Dedication
3 b) Miss Dracula
4 II a) Goldfinger and Bond
5 b) John Wayne
6 c) Monster
7 III A Mi Ma Monsterlet
8 IV Fanfare, Intermezzo (Werewolf's Serenade)
9 V Frankenstein
10 VI Rat Song and Crusoe Song
11 VII Mr Superman
12 VIII Finale
13 a) The Green-haired Man
14 b) Batman and Robin
15 c) Monsters in the Park
16 d) Litany
17 e) Hello, hello, Herr Frankenstein
18 f) Grete Müller's Adieu
19 Fanfare, Epilogue

Perpetuum mobile/Charivari
20 Perpetuum mobile, Op. 257
[by Johann Strauss II
21 Charivari
An Austrian Journal for Orchestra [HK Gruber]

premiere recording
Dancing in the Dark
A concert piece for large orchestra
22 I Andante pesante
23 II Allegro moderato
Tuotenumero CHAN10404
Viivakoodi 0095115140420
Julkaisupäivä 14.2.2007
Kategoria Klassinen
Levymerkki Chandos
Formaatti CD
Tuotteiden lukumäärä 1
Kapellimestarit Gruber, H K
Säveltäjät Gruber, H K
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