Jörgen van Rijen trombone
Kalevi Aho's Trombone Concerto
commissioned for Jörgen van Rijen by Borletti-Buitoni Trust
"He performed with such subtlety, too. Forget the stereotype of a lumbering, comedy instrument; van Rijen and Aho turned the trombone into a fount of melodic grace and gambolling, cradled over four generous movements by an equally refined orchestra… The finale was terrific, a hiccupping rhythmic feast suddenly aborted by a return to the concerto’s dream-like opening, with van Rijen magically disappearing into a twinkling infinity of bells."
Geoff Brown, The Times 16 May 2012
"disarmingly deft traversal of the solo part… The most distinctive ideas come in the second movement, a scherzo, in which the soloist shimmies his way through an increasingly heated, jazz-infused drum-dance... within his traditional aesthetic, Aho knows how to challenge his musicians – lots of subtle percussion, especially in the finale – and keep his audience alert across a 30-minute span."
Andrew Clark, Financial Times 13 May 2012
"Only high praise can be showered on the soloist, Jörgen van Rijen, who coped superbly with the many demands made on him by Aho’s imagination, including the need to play two trombones, the alto and tenor, and sing at the same time. The fast movements were dispatched with brio and the score was given the best possible London launch."
Edward Clark, Classical Source 10 May 2012
"the trombone was mournful or jaunty but always lyrical. While the whole piece was expertly crafted, busy percussion hinted at Latin show-tunes bursting to get out."
Nick Kimberley, London Evening Standard 11 May 2012