Jörg Widmann, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Volker David Kirchner, York Bowen, Robert Schumann, Nikolaus von Krufft; Ben Goldscheider, David Hill; Willowhayne Records Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Feb 14 2018 Star rating: 4.0 An imaginative debut...Show More Summary
When invited to become music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in spring 1989, Esa-Pekka Salonen reminisced Friday night onstage after conducting a program in tribute to Frank Gehry at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the bait was that he would be given the opportunity to create the orchestra of...
In Esa-Pekka Salonen’s radiant and surprisingly hopeful new Cello Concerto, Yo-Yo Ma is asked to be a combination wave-maker and cloud seeder. What with our winter of drought, those are not unwelcome metaphors to begin the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s “Composer Salonen” series of programs celebrating...
Bernstein’s Mass with Dudamel Gustavo Dudamel leads the LA Phil, Los Angeles Master Chorale and a large cohort of singers, dancers and other musicians in a staging of Bernstein’s theatrical spectacular. Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 S. Grand Ave., L.A. Sun., 2 p.m. $20-$225. (323) 850-2000. Nixon...
The London Philharmonic and the Philharmonia have staged simultaneous season launches. The Philharmonia defines itself as follows: The Philharmonia Orchestra and Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen announce their...Show More Summary
The ever-alert Finnish media have found court documents showing that Jane Price, Esa-Pekka Salonen’s wife, filed for divorce last June. The couple, who have been married for 26 years, have three children and live in Los Angeles, where Salonen used to be music director of the Philharmonic. Lately, he has been spending time back in […]
Susanna Malkki led works by Debussy, Tchaikovsky and Esa-Pekka Salonen in an impressive follow-up to her debut with the orchestra in 2015.
Photo by Adam Crane. Esa-Pekka Salonen, seen above on the Santa Monica beach in 2008, will be the subject of a Total Immersion program at the Barbican on Sunday. The day will culminate in BBC Symphony performances of Wing on...
The most celebrated Finnish conductor reflects on his country’s essence.
A press release arrived about Patricia Kopatchinskaja’s planned programming for next year, and hoo boy, it's pretty great. You may recall that she stepped in for Esa-Pekka Salonen, who withdrew owing to his composing schedule.From the...Show More Summary
James Matheson Violin Concerto, String Quartet, Time Alone Baird Dodge, violin; Chicago Symphony, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen; Color Field Quartet Laura Strickling, soprano; Thomas Sauer, piano Yarlung Records On his latest CD for Yarlung, composer James Matheson presents strong essays in both the concerto and string quartet genres. Show More Summary
Yo-Yo Ma Premieres Salonen Concerto in New York March 15, 2017 Sequenza 21 By Christian Carey NEW YORK – One of the most eagerly anticipated New York premieres of 2017 was Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Cello Concerto, written for Yo-Yo Ma. It had been presented shortly before by the Chicago Symphony, and buzz had grown around […]
It was yet another Los Angeles Philharmonic Thursday night subscription concert. The orchestra’s conductor laureate, Esa-Pekka Salonen, was once again on hand. The orchestra, as usual, had invited a big-name soloist. And the L.A. Phil, well known for attracting young audiences, had drawn a lot...
Now that society has begun accepting gender as a matter of identity, might we not next adapt a similar flexibility to age identity? Let this week’s Los Angeles Philharmonic program of Sibelius’ last two symphonies cogently conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen serve as Exhibit A. The notion of “late style”...
The L.A. Phil's conductor laureate on Iceland's unique place in modern music, working with Sigur Rós, and his love of Foo Fighters.
Before the big news hit on Wednesday morning that Deborah Borda, after her long and successful run as the president and C.E.O of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, would be coming back to Gotham to take on the same responsibilities at the...Show More Summary
Zachary Woolfe has a conversation with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and composer/conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen about the new concerto the latter has written for the former.
L. A. Rhapsody. The New Yorker, March 20, 2017.
Esa-Pekka’s cello concerto for Yo-Yo premieres in Chicago on March 9, 10 and 11. photo: Todd Rosenberg
The composer/conductor has signed a rolling contract with the Philharmonia, where he will celebrate his tenth season as principal conductor and artistic advisor in 2017-28.