Salonen, Esa-Pekka - wing on wing, etc / salonen, komsi, finnish radio symphony orchestra, esa-pekka salonen

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  • Etat général : original neuf
  • Format : CD
  • Etat pochette / disque : S / S  (?)
  • Label : DGG 477 5375
  • Pressage : UPC/EAN: 028947753759 - USA
  • Année : 2005
  • Quantité disponible : 1
  • Mis en vente le 17/10/2019
  • Référence nº 119679140

Salonen: Wing On Wing, Etc / Salonen, Komsi, Et Al

Release Date: 02/08/2005
Label: Deutsche Grammophon Catalog #: 477 5375 Spars Code: DDD
Composer: Esa-Pekka Salonen
Performer: Anu Komsi, Pia Komsi
Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1
Recorded in: Stereo
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins.
EAN: 0028947753759


Works on This Recording

1. Wing on Wing by Esa-Pekka Salonen
Performer: Anu Komsi (Soprano), Pia Komsi (Soprano)
Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 2004; USA
Date of Recording: 09/2004
Venue: Kulttuuritalo Hall, Helsinki, Finland
Length: 21 Minutes 15 Secs.
2. Insomnia by Esa-Pekka Salonen
Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 2002; USA
Date of Recording: 09/2004
Venue: Kulttuuritalo Hall, Helsinki, Finland
Length: 25 Minutes 45 Secs.
3. Foreign Bodies by Esa-Pekka Salonen
Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
Orchestra/Ensemble: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 2001; USA
Date of Recording: 09/2004
Venue: Kulttuuritalo Hall, Helsinki, Finland
Length: 19 Minutes 29 Secs.


Notes and Editorial Reviews

Whatever his talents as a conductor (and they are considerable), this new release confirms Esa-Pekka Salonen's true genius as a composer. With the Finnish Radio Symphony Salonen presents three original, powerful, captivating and--get this--thoroughly enjoyable works. Leonard Bernstein predicted the return of tonality but cautioned that it would be changed, different. Salonen's music, while not particularly tuneful, is flush with the exuberance of tonality rediscovered, as if newly freed from serialism's thorny fetters. Yes, there are still a few craggy modernists on the scene along with their staunch advocates (in his first season as music director James Levine is giving Boston Symphony audiences a particularly hardscrabble musical diet of Wuorinen and his ilk); but Salonen is one of a contemporary breed of crag-free composers (John Adams, Jennifer Higdon, Michael Daugherty) who produce music that's thought-provoking and challenging yet allows you to leave your antidepressants at home.

Foreign Bodies is in three continuous movements entitled Body Language, Language, and Dance. It leaps into action, releasing an enormous amount of sonic and rhythmic energy. While there are occasional moments reminiscent of minimalism (Salonen's deep immersion in John Adams' Naïve and Sentimental Music can be detected), the music sounds free of any one stylistic stricture. Listen to how Salonen's orchestration freely moves from sparse Stravinskian clarity to Varèse-like clamoring to the harp-drenched coloring of Bartók. Wing on Wing celebrates Los Angeles' new Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Salonen's music, with its otherworldly vocalise intoned by sopranos Anu and Piia Komsi, captures both the enormity and strange sense of petrified motion evoked by Frank Gehry's breathtaking architectural structure.

Finally, Insomnia suggests an inner realm between the sleeping and waking states, using unique sounds Salonen creates with stunningly original tone colors and textures. But there's the familiar also, as the shadow of Sibelius (something probably unavoidable for a Finnish composer) steals over the work's central section with a subtle reference to Night Ride and Sunrise. The Finnish Radio Symphony plays with consummate virtuosity in these powerful composer-led performances. DG's recording presents it all with extraordinary clarity, presence, and dynamic impact. If you're looking to be excited about new music again, get this disc. [3/21/2005]
Artistic Quality: 10
Sound Quality: 10
--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com

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Review by Uncle Dave Lewis [-]
As this is written, Esa-Pekka Salonen has been director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for 13 seasons. Recognition of the unqualified success of his partnership with the Philharmonic was immediate, but symphony audiences in Los Angeles were slow to develop the same warm and fuzzy feeling for Salonen's work as a composer. It's not that they didn't want to like Salonen's music, but admittedly his arch-serial efforts composed back in Finland didn't exactly send pulses racing, as did his performances of Stravinsky and Bernard Herrmann. The heritage of the film music community is at the very center of musical life in the "city of angels," and by incorporating some elements of its essence, Salonen's new compositions now have qualities his earliest works never did -- emotion, expressiveness, and a responsiveness to his environment.
Although the three works featured on this maiden voyage associating Salonen with Deutsche Grammophon -- Foreign Bodies, Wing on Wing, and Insomnia -- are performed here by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, they incorporate gestures that the Los Angeles Philharmonic has always done well -- the sweep, grandeur, and color of orchestral music such as Respighi, Ravel, and early Stravinsky. Yet Salonen has not "sold out" his old style so much as matured and become more inclusive of his surroundings. There are hints of rock & roll bass lines in Foreign Bodies, and Wing on Wing, featuring the amazing wordless soprano singing of Anu Komsi and Piia Komsi, is reminiscent of George Antheil's score for the 1953 horror film Dementia -- the high, female voices wailing over an unstable riot of orchestral color.
The blurb on the back of the disc makes use of an unfortunate choice of words -- "Esa-Pekka Salonen hits the nerve of his time." Many listeners will be happy if he doesn't hit the nerve in their root canal, as might be expected given prevailing attitudes about contemporary music in general. Wing on Wing demonstrates that Salonen's music has found room for compromise, and that this has been good for it, as it is growing and maturing, rather than stagnating. Perhaps the blurb might have said that Salonen has his finger on the pulse of his city, and that the prognosis is good -- it definitely makes for interesting and fulfilling listening.

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Pressestimmen

Stereo 05 / 05:
"Für alle avantgardistischen Stürme bieten die finnischen Radio-Sinfoniker unter Maestro Salonen fabelhafte Virtuosität."

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