“Great fun for the audience” – very few new pieces of music are reviewed like that, but Busking is a trumpet concerto unlike any you will have heard before, and it does leave its audiences cheering.
Virtuoso Håkan Hardenberger plays multiple instruments in it, while banjo and accordion join the ranks of the orchestra to help bring the vibrant, exotic world of street musicians into the concert hall. All in all it is a tour de force complemented by Beethoven’s delightful dances, Schulhoff’s jazzy serenade and an old favourite: Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto.
Schulhoff: Serenade Op 18
Haydn: Trumpet Concerto in E-flat
Beethoven: Twelve Contradances
John Storgårds: Conductor
Håkan Hardenberger: Trumpet
Conductor Insights, 6.30pm: John Storgårds discusses tonight’s programme
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Hardenberger plays Haydn and Gruber