Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins – Kalevi Aho: Trombone & Trumpet Concertos (2019) [FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins – Kalevi Aho: Trombone & Trumpet Concertos (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:04:13 minutes | 1,03 GB | Genre: Classical
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  | Digital Booklet, Front Cover | © BIS

Hugely prolific as well as widely acclaimed, Kalevi Aho has composed 30 concertos to date. Many of them are available in recordings from BIS, and the present release features two works from the past decade. The Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra was commissioned for Jörgen van Rijen, who also performs it here. The concerto is actually Aho’s second concertante piece for the trombone – his Symphony No. 9 (1994) included a substantial and very virtuosic solo part for the instrument. In that work, and even more so in the concerto, the composer’s aim has been to extend the expressive and virtuosic possibilities of the trombone. Composed around the same time, the Trumpet Concerto is scored for the wind section of a medium-sized symphony orchestra, plus two saxophones, baritone horn and percussion. It was given its premiere by the same musicians that perform it here, the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra under Martyn Brabbins supporting its principal trumpet Alain De Rudder in what is often a surprisingly jazzy work.

1. Trombone Concerto: I. Tranquillo 09:38
2. Trombone Concerto: II. Presto 05:58
3. Trombone Concerto: III. Adagio 05:54
4. Trombone Concerto: IV. Vivace – Tranquillo 10:10
5. Trumpet Concerto: I. Misterioso 10:33
6. Trumpet Concerto: II. Vivace 09:17
7. Trumpet Concerto: III. Intermezzo e cadenza 04:08
8. Trumpet Concerto: IV. Finale. Capriccioso 07:40

Jörgen van Rijen, trombone
Alain de Rudder, trumpet
Antwerp Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins, conductor