Kalevi Aho: Horn Concerto & Theremin Concerto
Annu Salminen (horn), Carolina Eyck (theremin)
Lapland Chamber Orchestra, John Storgårds
Virtuosity in the service of imagination is the abiding impression of all Aho's concertos, and the quality of soloists, orchestra, conductor and recording here is fully up to that of the music... — Gramophone Magazine
Widely regarded as one of today's most important composers of orchestral music, Kalevi Aho has written fifteen symphonies as well as over twenty concertos.
The horn concerto is a one-movement work with a 'ritualistic' element: the horn’s first entries are heard from backstage, after which the soloist enters the stage, moving gradually from left to right before leaving the stage again towards the end.
After having been introduced to the theremin by Carolina Eyck, Aho composed 'Eight Seasons': a concerto in eight movements, played without a break, and based on the traditional division of the year by the Sami. His score exploits Carolina Eyck's unusual ability to simultaneously sing and play the theremin.
CD-EXTRA: This disc also includes a video clip, playable on your computer, with Carolina Eyck’s introduction to the theremin and to Kalevi Aho’s concerto.