Steingrímur Rohloff's Concerto Grosso is commissioned by Aalborg Symphony Orchestra, and written for the soloists Stefan Dohr, horn; Jesper Busk, trombone; Gábor Tarkövi, trumpet and Jens Bjørn-Larsen, tuba.
Rohloff has created a work that is tailored to each soloist, and he has both catered for and challenged their technical and musical preferences. This includes a tubaist singing into the instrument, rhythmic play from the hornist, a grand aria from the trombone and a playful trumpet.
In the concert programme, Jan Mygind writes about Steingrímur Rohloff's work:
“In the first movement, the tuba becomes the main character. The music unfolds in long, calm and almost lyrical lines that slowly turn into enormous sonic culminations. As an extra sonic finesse, the soloist sings into his instrument, creating a spherical and fascinating sound. In the second movement, the horn takes centre stage, the tempo increases and the rhythmic play allows the soloist to truly unfold his virtuosity.
The trombone is in focus in a calm and beautiful third movement, which almost has the character of a grand aria. In the final movement, the trumpet is released as a soloist, and the music is lifted up in a higher and glistening register. The intensity and drama gradually increase and the soloist is prompted to show his instrument's many sonorous facets ranging from beautiful long lines over rhythmic signals to playful challenges. It all comes to an imaginative and quite unexpected culmination.”
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