Magazine article Gramophone

Hosokawa: 'Orchestral Works

Magazine article Gramophone

Hosokawa: 'Orchestral Works

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'Orchestral Works, Vol 1'

Horn Concerto, 'Moment of Blossoming' (a). Lotus Under the Moonlight (Hommage a Mozart) (b). Chant (c)

(3) Stefan Dohr hn (c) Anssi Karttunen vc

(b) Momo Kodama pf

Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Jun Markl

Naxos [S] 8 573239 (59' * DDD)

A long sustained note, passing imperceptibly to the horn around 1'20", and surrounded by distant percussion, puts us firmly in the sound world of Japanese music, full of direct allusions to the natural world--especially wind and water--and strongly scented by musical images of lotus blossom. Stefan Dohr, for whom Toshio Hosokawa composed his Horn Concerto Moment of Blossoming in 2010, is clearly at one with the composer's vision of the lotus flower's growth as an allegory for mankind's passage through life, and as the pitches widen out and the surrounding textures become more complex, his strongly focused presence, depicting the flower's growth from roots deep underwater to bursting out, to quote Hosokawa's booklet-note, into 'beautiful jewel-like blossoms', is utterly compelling. Less so is the playing of the RSNO under Jun Markl. …

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