Both Sides, Now - Hardenberger / Pöntinen / Sillito

Both Sides, Now - Hardenberger / Pöntinen / Sillito


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Ástor Piazzolla: Oblivión, Joni Mitchell: Both Sides, Now, Richard Rodgers: My Funny Valentine, Saint-Preux: Andante pour trompette, Jan Lundgren: The Seagull, Kurt Weill: Speak Low, Michel Legrand: Sans Toi, Thomas Newman: Angels in America, Ennio Morricone: Gabriel's Oboe from "The Mission", Nino Rota: Waltz and Love Theme from "The Godfather", Rolf Wallin: Elegy

Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet)
Roland Pöntinen (piano)
Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields
Kenneth Sillito (conductor)

Ever since his sensational breakthrough some twenty years ago, Håkan Hardenberger has been breaking new ground for the trumpet, commissioning new works from the world’s foremost composers.

On the present disc he shows a different side – one that may surprise those who know him as the intrepid interpreter of fiendishly complicated contemporary scores or the impeccably elegant performer of the classical repertoire such as the trumpet concertos by Haydn and Hummel. Not that Hardenberger is less intrepid or elegant than usual – but now he is finding use for these qualities in a programme of his own favourite songs and film themes, in imaginative arrangements made especially for this recording.

Continuing a tradition begun by Chet Baker, Hardenberger’s trumpet-and-strings disc is as smooth as any, with the soloist relishing the opportunity to play the most meltingly beautiful tunes, in the most meltingly tuneful way. It also brings him together with some long-standing musical collaborators of his – the Academy of St Martin in the Fields and the pianist Roland Pöntinen, who has made several of the arrangements and who also appears as guest performer in Michel Legrand’s Sans Toi and Kurt Weill’s Speak Low.

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