July 30 2018 – BBC Proms Festival, London at Royal Albert Hall
Georg Friedrich Haas:
concerto grosso Nr 1
In March 2014 hornroh modern alphorn quartet delved deeper into the world of contemporary music: the world premiere of Georg Friedrich Haas’ concerto grosso Nr. 1 for four alphorns and orchestra. In April 2015 we performed at the Tonhalle Zurich with the Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich under the direction of Kent Nagano.
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April 2017, Hornroh Modern Alphorn Quartet in der Walt Disney Hall of Music, L.A.
v.l.n.r: Jennifer Tauder, Balthasar Streiff, Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla (Dirigentin), Michael Büttler, Georg Friedrich Haas (Komponist), Lukas Briggen
Art und Brut
The Basle-based ensemble hornroh modern alphorn quartet has been presenting its new programme Art und Brut since summer 2016. Brut, by fellow Basle composer Lukas Langlotz and commissioned by Hornroh, forms the basis; a multi-movement work for four differently tuned alphorns, büchel, alto trombone and voice. The programme sees Brut contrasted with a selection of traditional Swiss pieces, giving the evening a fascinating dramaturgy: “The traditional repertoire, which is interpreted unpretentiously yet artfully by Hornroh, makes one realise how fresh, indeed modern these pieces can be, while the new compositions blossom like exotic fruit thanks to the ‘raw’ nature of the horns” (Cécile Olshausen, Radio SRF). The alphorns also express a warmth, which is so close to the human voice, and always stirs something almost archaic buried deep within us. Ultimately the pure fascination of the instruments and the ensemble’s connection with the audience are elements that characterise Hornroh.
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