Nyx by Esa-Pekka Salonen and LA Phil, and Lutoslawski, Tchaikovsky and Schumann 12/8/12

December 8, 2012

I attended the dress rehearsal for LA Phil’s concert with a conductor laureate, Essa-Pekka Salonen. The program includes Salonen’s went coast premiere work of Nyx, Schumann’s very special and affectionate piano concerto, Lutoslawski’s Les espaces du sommel, and Tchaikovski’s Francesca da Rimmi. I loved Tchaikovsky. It shows his forte which he weaves the story into music, and makes it so dramatic with beautiful tunes. We will come out of the hall singing tunes (guys often behave like James Bond after seeing his movie!). Nyx is very imaginative and colorful. In the composer’s program note he describes “Nyx is a shadowy figure in Greek mythology”. The ensemble between the conductor/composer and the orchestra was fantastic. They still have a strong relation together. I heard from the musician in the orchestra that Salonen described his passion in Lutoslawski’s music. In Salonen’s 2 weeks residency in LA  LA Phil plays several works by Lutoslawski. Les espaces du sommeil was composed upon the request from Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Actually Fischer-Dieskau premiered this work with Lutoslawski on the podium with Berlin Philharmonic in 1978. Lutoslawski uses beautiful poems by Robert Desnos, and the baritone voice leads the piece. Gerald Finley sings this time with LA Phil, and he does an amazing job bringing the emotion to the audience. It is always so interesting and almost educational to hear the same orchestra conducted by the different conductors.

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