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Night At The Opera, A (1991)
Starring: Hakan Hardenberger, Christian Lindberg
Director: Ken Howard
Category: Music, Special Interest
Studio: Image Ent.
54 mins



From the Royal Academy of Arts

A dazzling and witty concert of music with the world's greatest trumpeter, Hakan Hardenberger, and his young Swedish compatriots, the sensational virtuoso trombonist Christian Lindberg and Pianist Love Derwinger

The Night at the Opera program includes a selection of opera favorites. Transcribed for these three instruments, it is opera as you have never heard it before!As Hardenberger explains during the concert, there is a plentiful amount of opera transcriptions in the brass repertoire, most dating from the 19th century when it was a way of spreading the popularity of the operatic hits of the day into people's homes and salons.

Hakan and his fellow musicians have themselves made some of the transcriptions and also include in the program two pieces from Prokofiev's music for the ballet Romeo and Juliet - because the opera is very often the home of the ballet.An unusual item is Liszt's Sonetto 104 del Petrarca, originally written as a song for a tenor voice and here played as a piano solo.Other special treats from the best of opera include Overture to II Barbiere di Seviglia by Rossini, Asuite from Bizet's Carmen and the overture from Verdi's La Forza del Destino.

This virtuoso concert program became an international success, and London's Royal Academy played host for this live recording to an appreciative audience of young music lovers.The attractive art gallery setting, together with the musicians' brilliant playing and sense of fun, make this a unique musical event.


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