A celebrated premiere: Toshio Hosokawa's flute concerto for Emmanuel Pahud thrills press and audience at the Tonhalle Zurich.

Rarely does a world premiere evoke such an unanimous storm of enthusiasm as that of Toshio Hosokawa's work Ceremony for flute and orchestra, which opened the season at the Tonhalle Zurich on September 14th. The Neue Zürcher Zeitung described the listening experience as follows: "A feeling of expansiveness, spirituality and magical poetry immediately spreads, which captivates the listeners (...) without interruption for the next twenty minutes," praising the "gripping and richly shaped narrative" and the "eloquent, committed performance by Pahud with the Tonhalle Orchestra under Paavo Järvi."

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