Japanese musicians have often taken the connection between man and nature as their theme and award-winning composer Toshio Hosokawa stands strongly in that artistic lineage. His Horn Concerto 'Moment of Blossoming'
imagines the solo instrument as a lotus flower and the orchestra as the cosmos. The theme of the blossoming lotus continues in the piano concerto Lotus under the moonlight
and in the songful Chant
for cello and orchestra, influenced by Shômyô singing (the ceremonial music of Japanese Buddhism). The Horn Concerto
was co-commissioned by the Berlin Philharmonic, the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam and London's Barbican Centre.
'The three concertos that launch the series make an attractive package…beautifully crafted and carefully paced, full of shifting, slipping textures.' --The Guardian, 25/04/2014, Andrew Clements
'Momo Kodoma for whom Hosokawa wrote his piano concerto...holds us in thrall throughout; and while the music is again inspired by the lotus flower, distant allusions to the slow movement of Mozart's 23rd Piano Concerto give it a more clearly defined outline, to which Märkl responds unreservedly, drawing magically delicate colours and rich textural intricacies from what is a profoundly attractive score.' --Gramophone, June 2014