Hugely prolific as well as widely acclaimed, KaleviAhohas 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 Orchestrawas commissioned for Jorgenvan Rijen, who also performs it here. The concerto is actually Aho'ssecond concertantepiece 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 Concertois 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 Brabbinssupporting its principal trumpet Alain De Rudderin what is an often surprisingly jazzy work.
Concerto for Trombone and Orchestra31'42 (2010)
1) I. Tranquillo –attacca –9'38
2) II. Presto5'58
3) III. Adagio –attacca –5'54
4) IV. Vivace –Tranquillo10'10
Jorgen van Rijen trombone
Concerto for Trumpet and Symphonic Wind Orchestra(2011)31'41
5) I. Misterioso10'33
6) II. Vivace9'17
7) III. Intermezzo e cadenza –attacca –4'08
8) IV. Finale. Capriccioso7'40
Alain De Rudder trumpet
Antwerp Symphony Orchestra