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Video on demand from 31 Aug 2018

Swedish Chamber Orchestra

On the programme in addition to Kurt Weill's Second Symphony: two works by HK Gruber.

Video available until 31 Aug 2019

Conductor, composer, multi-instrumentalist and chansonnier: Heinz Karl Gruber, better known as HK Gruber, is definitely one of the most original figures in today's music scene. In his unorthodox programmes covering jazz, pop and cabaret with a black sense of humour, he regularly casts genre boundaries overboard. The Viennese artist makes his Elbphilharmonie debut together with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, which he has been appearing with for many years now.

In the first half, the musicians take a look back at the 1930s: swing and big band sounds rub shoulders with the dark-hued, emotional Second Symphony by Kurt Weill, which the Jewish artist wrote while he was fleeing Nazi Germany. The contrast-rich song style of the composer of the »Threepenny Opera« serves as inspiration for HK Gruber's own music. This becomes clear after the interval if not before, when Gruber appears on stage as a chansonnier in his award-winning programme »Frankenstein!!«.


Swedish Chamber Orchestra

Heinz Karl Gruber chansonnier and conductor


Heinz Karl Gruber
Manhattan Broadcasts / for light orchestra

Kurt Weill
Symphony No. 2

- Interval -

Heinz Karl Gruber
Frankenstein!! / A 'Pan-Demonium' for Chansonnier and Orchestra