4(IV=afl).2.corA.2.ssax.bcl.2.dbn-220.127.116.11-perc(4):4SD/sizzle cym(lg)/whip(lg)/2BD(lg)/maracas(med)/maracas(lg)/brake dr(sm)/timp/susp.cym(lg)/12 bells(or bell-like perc)-harp-cel-strings
NB: the percussion surround the orchestra in a circle.
Finlandia Hall, Helsinki
Håkan Hardenberger, trumpet / Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / Esa-Pekka Salonen
“The concerto depicts a psychological journey from sorrow to calm via barely repressed anger and rage, its emotional trajectory delineated by the fact that Hardenberger opens the work playing a dark-sounding flugelhorn, which he changes first for a standard trumpet during the agitated central section, then for an ethereal-sounding piccolo trumpet in the closing pages.”
“The highlight was From the Wreckage… this was outstanding: a kind of rebirth piece in which the music begins hellishly but gradually picks up a bluesy swing as the soloist rhapsodically spirals higher and higher. I was mesmerised.”