David Geffen Hall, New York, NY
Emanuel Ax, piano / New York Philharmonic / Alan Gilbert
"…this is an intricate and provocative score, a single movement concerto that unfolds with inexorable sweep and rhythmic persistence… Stark passages of pointillist writing in the piano turn wild, like avant-garde jazz improvisations. The piano continues to twist and turn, with dreamy harmonies segueing into frenetic, toccata-like eruptions... Yet for all the gnashing harmonies and splintered phrases, the music is run through with hints of Kurt Weill cabaret…"
New York Times
"According to HK Gruber, the classic ‘Brahmspianist’ is something that does not seem to particularly inspire him. Rather, it would be a barpianist from distant nightclubs vibrating with mesmerizing saxophones and strange rhythms. The concerto is charming and compassionate, relaxing to stillness then building again to a joyous and sparkling finale…"
Dagens Nyheter (Stockholm)
"From the orchestra echoes of a jazz band are heard, dissolved in pointillist interjections… Gruber know how to entertain just the same as ever."