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Scoring––timp.perc(3):marimba/vib/glsp/t.bells/SD/BD/4tom-t/2bongo/2Conga/tamb/2lion's roar/2splash cym/2crash cym/2ride cym/3Chin.cym/tam-t/5opera gong/rainmaker/whip(lg)/2ratchet/wind machine/mark tree/wood chimes-harp–strings(; alternatively 6db)

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World Premiere
Philharmonie, Berlin
Daniel Barenboim, piano / Staatskapelle Berlin / Zubin Mehta
Composer's Notes
Press Quotes

"His compositional understanding is what distinguishes Stretta, as demonstrated by the rich percussion writing right up to a wind machine. Playfulness, tradition and the grotesque lead to a meditative soliloquy for the piano".
Der Tagesspiegel

"...there’s no doubting the composer has used all the shades of colour this orchestra is capable of, as well as each instrumental group’s potential for sonic and gestural attack."
Berliner Morgenpost

"Borowski’s 20-minute piece sometimes sounds filigree, sometimes violent – it chuckles, sings, bubbles up, cries out and coalesces once again… The calm central point is the piano from which, with runs, trills and powerfully concentrated single notes, Barenboim intervenes in the action, sometimes jumping up like a jazz pianist from his stool."
Der Neue Merker


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