Repertoire Tip „Exotic Solo Concertos“
Uncommon Sounds and Instrumental Combinations
The fascination with uncommon sounds and instrumental combinations continues unabated to this day, as can be seen in our selection. Next to Adriana Hölszky’s accordion concerto "High Way" and Siegfried Matthus’ timpani concerto "Der Wald", it also contains "GassenHauer mit NebelHorn", a concerto for theremin and orchestra by Steffen Schleiermacher. The traditional role relationships of solo and tutti are often negated in contemporary concertos: one example is Helmut Lachenmann’s "Harmonica", a piece for large orchestra and tuba solo. In "Zeichnungen", Isabel Mundry interweaves the sound of the string quartet with that of the orchestra. Martin Smolka also breaks with traditional listening patterns through the delicate dialogue of two tuba players in "Still Life with Tubas or Silent Hiding", and Hans Zender has his violoncello soloist play his concerto, "Bardo", with a round bow in order to explore multiple sounds on that instrument.