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World Premiere of the Horn Concerto by Osmo Tapio Rihl

Osmo Tapio Räihälä’s Concerto for Horn and Orchestra was composed in response to a commission from the solo hornist of the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jukka Harju. Räihälä had previously written the solo horn piece “Soliloque 2: La tornade”, already recorded on CD, for this soloist. “Jukka is a thoroughly sensitive musician”, says Räihälä, “highly gifted technically, extremely skilled and expressive.” The first sketches for the Horn Concerto date from 2011. It is typical of Räihälä’s manner of working that he gave himself plenty of time for the ultimate execution of the work; indeed, as he himself has said, he requires six or seven runs. The composition was then completed in the summer of 2013.

The world premiere is now on the programme of the Sinfonia Lahti conducted by Eva Ollikainen on 10 February 2016 in Hämeenlinna. The Horn Concerto has a performance duration of approximately 25 minutes. The three movements bears the character designations 1. Ominoso, 2. Luminoso and 3. Animoso and are played attacca, that is, without a break between movements. The Concerto has a very airy, bright atmosphere, in the composer’s words. He has intentionally kept the scoring economical, with double woodwind, two horns and two trumpets, as well as just one percussionist.

A further performance with the same interpreters will take place on 11 February 2016 in Lahti (Sibelius Hall, 7 PM).

10 February 2016
Verkatehdas, Vanaja Hall, 7 PM
World premiere: Osmo Tapio Räihälä,
Concerto for French Horn and Orchestra
Jukka Harju (horn)
Sinfonia Lahti
Eva Ollikainen (direction)


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