LA Phil Concert with Esa-Pekka Salonen 10/29/14

October 29, 2014

Esa-Pekka Salonen, the conductor laureate of LA Phil, returned to Disney Concert Hall to conduct for 3 weeks in this fall. I went to listen the first program on Saturday October 25. I deeply enjoyed Janacek’s Sinfonietta. It is a charm. In my imagination, Janacek’s music has been indirect, ambiguous, and nationalistic, but this work is more straight forward. There are 13 extra brass players, playing from the back of the stage (just below the organ). It was spectacular. The second piece on the program was Saariaho’s new commissioned work “Maan varjot” (East Shadows) which has a big organ solo. And they finished with Sibelius’ Lemminkainen Suite. It is a story telling work, and the performance was very imaginative, including some extraordinary solos. It was a wonderful evening to see Salonen at Disney Concert Hall again.

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