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Gruber: Frankenstein, Perpetuum mobile, etc

> Frankenstein!! - Fanfare - Prologue
> Frankenstein!! - Ia. Dedication
> Frankenstein!! - Ib. Miss Dracula
> Frankenstein!! - IIa. Goldfinger and Bond
> Frankenstein!! - IIb. John Wayne
> Frankenstein!! - IIc. Monster
> Frankenstein!! - III. A Mi Ma Monsterlet
> Frankenstein!! - IV. Fanfare - Intermezzo, "Werewolf's Serenade"
> Frankenstein!! - V. Frankenstein
> Frankenstein!! - VI. Rat Song and Crusoe Song
> Frankenstein!! - VII. Mr Superman
> Frankenstein!! - VIII. Finale
> Frankenstein!! - VIIIa. The Green-haired Man
> Frankenstein!! - VIIIb. Batman and Robin
> Frankenstein!! - VIIIc. Monsters in the Park
> Frankenstein!! - VIIId. Litany
> Frankenstein!! - VIIIe. Hello, hello, Herr Frankenstein
> Frankenstein!! - VIIIf. Grete Muller's Adieu
> Frankenstein!! - Fanfare - Epilogue
> Perpetuum mobile, Op. 257, "Musikalischer Scherz" (Musical Joke) - Perpetuum mobile, Op. 257, "Musikalischer Scherz" (Musical Joke)
> Charivari - Charivari
> Dancing in the Dark - I. Andante pesante
> Dancing in the Dark - II. Allegro moderato

Album Summary

>Gruber, HK : Frankenstein!!, a pan-demonium for chansonnier & ensemble
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Perpetuum mobile, Op. 257 "Musikalischer Scherz"
>Gruber, HK : Charivari, for orchestra
>Gruber, HK : Dancing in the Dark, for large orchestra
Conductor Ensemble
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Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"The results are nothing if not absorbing. The combination of entertaining and witty vocal delivery, of somewhat manic, and delightfully pointed orchestral playing, makes a strong impression. The Chandos recording is both pleasing and natural, allowing the orchestral colours to maximize their impression... Dancing in the Dark is a more recent piece, written in 2002 and first performed at the Musikverein in Vienna the following January. It is altogether darker in both manner and imagery, reflecting the Vienna of Mahler and Berg rather than the Strauss family. This more intellectually demanding work gains immeasurably from the incisive insert note by Paul Driver. In the fullness of time I suspect that it will be recognized as the finest of these various compositions." -MusicWeb

BBC Music Magazine
Gruber himself takes on the rôle of chansonnier with lip-smacking relish. Artmann's witty poems about Dracula, Superman, James Bond, Frankenstein et al are actually performed in English, but sometimes it's hard to tell, as Gruber rolls his r's extravagantly and has a Viennese accent you could cut with a knife. The BBC Philharmonic pays Gruber's jazz-cum-Sachertorte music with remarkable delicacy... a CD of sumptuous orchestral and compositional virtuosity.

Classic CD
a virtually uncategorizable work, a zanily bedazzling collage of different influences and styles, ranging all the way from bar-room cabaret to operatic declamation ... great fun



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>Gruber, HK : Frankenstein!!, a pan-demonium for chansonnier & ensemble
  • Conductor: HK Gruber
  • Notes: Studio 7, BBC Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (02/25/2005/02/27/2005)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Perpetuum mobile, Op. 257 "Musikalischer Scherz"
  • Conductor: HK Gruber
  • Notes: Studio 7, BBC Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (02/25/2005/02/27/2005)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1861

>Gruber, HK : Charivari, for orchestra
  • Conductor: HK Gruber
  • Notes: Studio 7, BBC Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (02/25/2005/02/27/2005)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1981-1983

>Gruber, HK : Dancing in the Dark, for large orchestra
  • Conductor: HK Gruber
  • Notes: Studio 7, BBC Broadcasting House, Manchester, England (02/25/2005/02/27/2005)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary