Bucolic Bruckner is lost in romantic reveries, while Haydn hails the arrival of a new age in a concerto that blows its own trumpet with panache.
Haydn Trumpet Concerto in E-Flat
Bruckner Symphony No. 4 Romantic
Conductor Kirill Karabits
Trumpet Tine Thing Helseth
Burnished horn calls emerge out of shimmering string mists… the world holds its breath. Composed in 1874 but kept under wraps until 1888, Bruckner’s 4th Symphony is ‘Romantic’ by nature as well as name. And the natural world is the key to a work dreaming of a lost chivalric past and rustic revelries. Before those horns though, it’s centre stage for the trumpet and Haydn’s hair-raisingly agile concerto which puts the new-fangled keyed instrument through its paces with heel-kicking bravura to spare.
Star Norwegian trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth might boast her own jazz-tango fusion ensemble, but she’s hot on Haydn. Of tonight’s concerto, Volksfreund.de enthuses “Helseth’s trumpet twinkled, beamed, sang, joked, yearned and strutted about in the self-assured way only a trumpet can”. She’s in good hands. “Karabits and the BSO represent one of the country’s finest orchestral partnerships”(The Telegraph).
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