Fotonachweis: Felix Broede
HK Gruber (b. 1943): Rough Music for percussion and orchestra
Keiko Abe (b. 1937): Prism Rhapsody for marimba and orchestra
Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904): Symphony No. 7 in D minor op. 70
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Martin Grubinger’s music-making is as eloquent and involving as if he were actually telling us a story. Not just the usual, well-known stories but new ones, exciting, amusing, or shocking. He draws them from the instruments set up in front of him. From the whisperings of the marimba to the deafening wallops of the hardest drum-sticks, all human life is there. Grubinger himself combines the uncompromising standards of a classically trained musician with the youthful insouciance and inquisitiveness that make each of his concerts an experience. He is already something of a mainstay at Heidelberger Frühling, either as a soloist, with other percussionists or as an animateur and coach for music-school pupils.
His musical partners tonight are themselves supremely well-versed in the art of reconciling different styles. The BBC Philharmonic not only has a musical director and various guest conductors, it also has an “in-house” composer of its own. Since 2009 their creative resident has been the Austrian HK Gruber, whose percussion concerto Rough Music (1983) has long since become a classic. Martin Grubinger has played it on many occasions, notably under the baton of the composer himself.
At this concert, Juanjo Mena will be at the head of the orchestra from Manchester. A pupil of Celibidache, he ranks as a specialist in late romanticism and early modernism. His CDs feature a number of works by Spanish symphonists. Mena, who has performed with all the major American orchestras, was appointed chief conductor of the BBC Philharmonic in 2011.