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… Finnish trumpeter Pasi Pirinen (Alba) offers the ubiquitous Haydn. That great piece, a celebration of the moment when the trumpet became a fully chromatic instrument […] Pirinen’s take on it is mostly standard, but the lively and interesting cadenza in I is his own. He has a beautiful, pure, and warm tone that fits this elegant work perfectly, and Hannu Lintu’s orchestra of Tampere, Finland gives it a detailed and committed reading.

The program opens with the 4-movement, 30-minute Trumpet Concerto by Jouni Kaipainen, composed in 2003 for this soloist. […] we become aware of Pirinen’s impressive technical skills, […] The music begins driving relentlessly, the trumpet line building and rising inexorably until it finally reaches the high note that was its goal. […] The finale gives trumpeter Pirinen fast, lyrical lines with the orchestra plowing ahead in the same deliberate way as in the previous movements. This is a fine and gripping work, consonant at its core but with dissonant harmonies.

Pirinen has been principal trumpet of the Helsinki Philharmonic since 2005, Paul Merkelo principal trumpet of the Montreal Symphony since 1995. Both offer accounts of Henri Tomasi’s dazzling Trumpet Concerto (1948), a repertory favorite. […] Well, we are closer to the Finnish musicians, so their sound seems more direct and vivid in softer and mezzo portions; we almost seem to be in their midst sometimes. […] But really, both accounts of this wonderful postwar work—with its alternating elements of militarism and melancholy—are terrific.


KILPATRICK / American Record Guide

--> ABCD 369 Haydn – Tomasi – Kaipainen Trumpet Concertos