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Premiere Performance of a Horn Concerto by Alexander Arutiunian in Husum on 30 January 2003

The Collegium musicum of the North Frisian Kreismusikschule will present a symphony concert on 30 January 2003 on the occasion of the 400th jubilee of the city of Husum. The Horn Concerto by the Armenian composer Alexander Arutiunian will receive its German premiere there with the Dutch hornist Ab Koster. Arutiunian is especially well-known in the west for his Trumpet Concerto. This work is one of the most beloved and frequently performed 20th-century concertos of its genre.

Arutiunian's Horn Concerto is cast in two movements, opening with a lyrical slow movement during the course of which the horn enters into a stimulating dialogue with the soloistic viola section, to which it is related in sound quality. The rhythmically marked second movement in 5/8 metre ends in a large horn cadenza underpinned by the two kettledrums.

Ab Koster is brave enough to present the premieres of two other horn concertos on this same concert. Besides the classical-romantic work of Antonio Rosetti, the soloist will present the Horn Concerto of his fellow countryman, van Bree, which he himself rediscovered. He also intends to record this work on CD for the first time with the Noord Nederlands Symphonie Orkesd during the coming summer. Ludwig van Beethoven's First Symphony will also be performed on the second part of this concert in Husum's Irene Thordsen Congress Hall.