Hardenberger plays Bridge in Musikverein


After 50 performances of Rolf Martinsson’s trumpet concerto Bridge Håkan Hardenberger will bring the concerto to Vienna in December.

Starting in Gothenburg 1999, Håkan Hardenberger has performed Rolf Martinsson's Bridge with great success at major concert venues around the world. Now the time has come for Musikverein. John Storgårds will conduct the Tonkünstler Orchestra in three performances on 1 - 4 December. Additional performances will be given in Festspielhaus St. Pölten on 5 December and in Salzburg on 13 January 2012.
Bridge will also be heard in Laeiszhalle, Hamburg on 9 – 12 February 2012. Conducted by Andris Nelsons the Norddeutscher Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra will give three performances with Hardenberger as soloist.

Bridge was last performed to great critical acclaim at three concerts in Tonhalle Zürich in January :

Bridge is a virtuoso piece par excellence!
(Neue Zürcher Zeitung 28.1. / Jenny Berg)

Not surprisingly, this 50th live performance was also a huge success.
(Der Landbote 28.1. / Sibylle Ehrismann)

It is not only because of the title that the trumpet concerto Bridge by the Swede Rolf Martinsson goes well together with Bruckner’s Fourth. Also here there is a rumbling opening, also here the music intensifies to a witch’s ride, and also here the timbres are delicately blended. In addition to this there was the soloist, trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger, who left nothing to be desired in the way of virtuosity and colourfulness.
(Tages Anzeiger 28.1. / Susanne Kübler)

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