The Scene of the Crime (download)
Colin Currie and Håkan Hardenberger have earned a reputation as fearless innovators. The charismatic and virtuosic duo have performed together for over a decade, and their first album on Colin Currie Records presents four works written for the duo alongside André Jolivet’s Heptade, written for Maurice André.
The album takes its name from Brett Dean’s 2017 composition ... the scene of the crime... , which is the Australian’s homage to the pair’s skill and infectious drive, scored for trumpet, flugelhorn and drum kit.
Joe Duddell’s Catch pairs marimba and trumpet in a lively, up-tempo score blurring the musical hierarchy of soloist and accompanist. Tobias Broström’s Dream Variations evokes the paintings of Swedish artist Claes Eklundh through use of sustained percussion including Java gongs, vibraphone, and dubaci. The music of Daniel Börtz is often mystical and highly emotive, and Dialogo 4 is no exception, the trumpet and percussion in partnership creating an immersive atmosphere.
Written in 1971, André Jolivet’s Heptade is the earliest work on the album, and is perhaps the archetypal 20th-century pairing of these two instruments. The late French composer’s music tasks Hardenberger with a fiendish trumpet part while Currie deftly handles a dizzying array of unpitched percussion throughout.
Release date: 26 October 2018
Cat code: CCR0002D
Producer: Marion Schwebel
Duration: 55 mins
Recorded: Potton Hall, 9 - 11 June 2018
"The album is captivating whether in joy or pain."
"The level of musicianship here is equal to that of any string chamber group. Sound is spectacular. That’s a recommendation."
"A superb disk of varied music arranged for, or written for, trumpet and varied percussion instruments. Here is something new, intriguing and challenging."
- Classical CD Review