Christoph Eschenbach conducts Marsalis and Brahms — With Håkan Hardenberger

Verbier Festival 2023

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Håkan Hardenberger — Trumpeter

Verbier Festival Orchestra

Christoph Eschenbach — Conductor

Program notes

The European premiere of the new concerto by Verbier Festival Artist in Residence, the great Wynton Marsalis, calls for nothing less than "the best trumpet player in the galaxy"—exactly the descriptor given by The Times to the astonishingly gifted Håkan Hardenberger, who opens this final evening at the Verbier Festival's 30th anniversary edition in grand style! Co-commissioned by the Festival, Marsalis's Trumpet Concerto is, as ever, a remarkable synthesis of disparate jazz and classical influences from Ravel and Gershwin to Stravinsky and Shostakovich. The note-perfect Verbier Festival Orchestra, under the baton of legendary maestro Christoph Eschenbach, also perform the orchestral transcription of Brahms's G-minor Piano Quartet by none other than Arnold Schoenberg who, years after ostensibly abandoning tonality, declared with this mammoth undertaking that "I have written Brahms's Fifth Symphony."

Photo © Jonas Holthaus’s broadcasts of the Verbier Festival's 30th anniversary edition are produced with the support of Madame Aline Foriel-Destezet.

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