KALEVI AHO (b.1949): Tuba Concerto, JAN SANDSTRÖM (b.1954): The Lemon House, FREDRIK HÖGBERG (b.1971): Rocky Island Boat Bay.
Catalogue Number: 06K101
Description: Högberg's piece is thoroughly entertaining - intended to be enjoyed as it was composed - in the composer's words 'with enthusiasm and tenderness'. A rhythmically lively, somewhat jazzy first movement is followed by a 'love song', a melody presented in warmly romantic variations. The finale is a polystylistic riot of color, topped off with an extravagantly virtuosic cadenza. Sandström's concerto consists of impressions of a holiday on Majorca. The music combines an almost naïve picturesque evocation with the advanced techniques that might be expected of the composer of the famous Motorbike Concerto, though here the images are of an altogether gentler nature. Aho's concerto concentrates less on the diverting and virtuosic display than the other two works here, being a full-scale three-movement specimen emphasizing the tuba's lyrical, quasi-vocally athletic potential. Having used the tuba in exactly this role in his opera Insect Life, Aho provides much potential in this more recent work for very operatic-sounding dramatic statement, a challenge which the instrument meets with aplomb. Øystein Baadsvik (tuba), Norrköping Symphony Orchestra; Mats Rondin.