Esa Pekka Salonen – Violin Concerto

Cho-Liang Lin, Esa-Pekka Salonen - Jean Sibelius, Carl Nielsen: Violin Concertos (1988)

Jean Sibelius, Carl Nielsen - Violin Concertos (1988)
Cho-Liang Lin, violin; Philharmonia Orchestra; Swedish RSO; Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 294 Mb (incl 5%) | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 179 Mb (incl 5%) | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: CBS | # MK 44548 | Time: 01:09:17

This sensational disc has served as a reference edition for both concertos since it was first issued back in the late 1980s. The Sibelius concerto is distinguished by the tension between Lin’s passionate and virtuosic account of the solo part and Salonen’s remarkable precision at the head of the orchestra. Listen, for example, to the remarkable rhythmic clarity at the opening of the finale, and to the way this serves to “float” Lin’s daredevil pyrotechnics up above. It’s just marvellous. The same holds true of the Nielsen–there is no finer account of this neglected concerto. It’s a rarity because in the finale Nielsen subordinates flash and dazzle to the work’s overall emotional arc, progressing from anger to contentment. That doesn’t mean the music isn’t excellent, or that Lin and Salonen’s performances aren’t gripping from first note to last. They tear into the opening movement with apt ferocity and find the necessary emotional resolution in the work’s amiable conclusion. The detailed, well-balanced sound ideally suits the interpretations. Essential.
Shostakovich, D.: Piano Concertos Nos 1 & 2 – Bronfman; LAPO; Esa-Pekka Salonen

Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 35; Piano Concerto No. 2. in F major, Op. 102; Quintet for Piano and Strings in G minor, Op. 57 –
Yefim Bronfman (piano); Los Angeles Philharmonic; Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; Julliard String Quartet

Classical | 1 CD | EAC Rip | 343 MB, 3% recovery | FLAC+LOG+Cue | Complete scans
Publisher: Sony Classical | Recorded: 1999 | Published: 1999 | Catalog number: SK 60677

This is a splendid recording, featuring three of Shostakovich's major works involving his own instrument, the piano. They display all the mercurial, contradictory aspects of his style, from dance-hall banality to sophisticated counterpoint and inspired melodic inventiveness, from mournful desolation and bleak hopelessness to the wild, obsessive, sardonic humor of desperation…The resulting performances are brilliant, moving, and exciting; Bronfman's virtuosity is stunning and the solo trumpeter in the first concerto is terrific. The string playing is wonderful–rich and colorful in sound, rhythmically incisive, deeply expressive; the first violinist's tone soars radiantly in the many stratospheric passages. –Edith Eisler; Editorial Reviews; Amazon.com

Esa-Pekka Salonen - LA Variations (2001)  

Posted by Piterets at Sept. 13, 2010
Esa-Pekka Salonen - LA Variations (2001)

Esa-Pekka Salonen - LA Variations (2001)
Contemporary Classical | Sony | 2001 | 75:13 | Unknown Rip (APE tracks, no cue, no log) | Booklet | 308 MB
Dawn Upshaw, soprano; Anssi Karttunen, cello; London Sinfonietta; Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

L.A. Variations sounds more like a cohesive one-movement symphony than a series of "variations". It has primary and secondary themes. Melodies that are briefly introduced early in the peice come to their full expression at the end. Salonen's (b. 1958) music is shimmering and powerful and deep and intelligent. It has the bigness of Bruckner, the sweep of Wagner and the lush, layering complexity of Debussy.... There are many enjoyable harmonies between music and voice in "Five Images After Sappho" which, surprisingly to me, often reminds me of some Sondheim compositions. "Giro", "Mania" and "Gambit" are earlier Salonen works that seem to have been more fully developed later in Wing on Wing and Insomnia. ... Giro has an eerieness that is addictive, a bit like Bartok, but better structured and certainly more concise. Mania is more like a mainstream, concerto second-movement that has a sad and lovely quality. Gambit is a big, modern Salonen engine that constantly strives forward. Something that is always at the heart of his compositions.

Stravinsky, Bartók, Mussorgsky - Esa-Pekka Salonen  

Posted by dakszhund at Oct. 13, 2009
Stravinsky, Bartók, Mussorgsky - Esa-Pekka Salonen

Stravinsky, Bartók, Mussorgsky - Esa-Pekka Salonen
MP3 256 kbps |124 MB | COVER
Classical | 1 CD | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Release Date: 2006 | RAR 1% Recovery | RS.com

This is Esa-Pekka Salonen’s debut live recording from the Walt Disney Concert Hall and his first recording as the principal conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic on DG. The central piece, Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps was conducted by Salonen on the inaugural night of the Hall in 2003, a masterpiece that becomes something of a miracle within the outstanding acoustics of the Walt Disney Hall. This recording captures the energy, beauty and musical power of this extraordinary collaboration.

To capture the full sound experience of this concert, DG delivers this recording on a hybrid SACD. This release is certain to be a superior musical experience if not the new reference recording of this classical music milestone. Other pieces on this release are Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain and Bartók’s Miraculous Mandarin Suite—works that benefit greatly from the superb acoustics at the Walt Disney Concert Hall as well as the highest possible recording sound quality.
Kaija Saariaho - La Passion de Simone (Dawn Upshaw, Esa-Pekka Salonen)

Kaija Saariaho - La Passion de Simone (Dawn Upshaw, Esa-Pekka Salonen)
Classical | EAC: FLAC+Cue+Log | 1 Cd, Covers + Booklet | 354 Mb
Label:Ondine - Date:2013

Kaija Saariaho's La Passion de Simone, an oratorio about the life and thoughts of Simone Weil for soprano solo, choir, orchestra and electronics, is now being released for the first time on CD. La Passion de Simone is not only the most important work by Kaija Saariaho (even she herself said so), but this recording features top performers including soprano Dawn Upshaw and Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Tapiola Chamber Choir.
Mahler, Gustav: Symphony No.3 - Anna Larson; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Esa-Pekka Salonen

Gustav Mahler: Symphony No 3 in D minor – Anna Larson, contraalto; Women of the Los Angeles Master Chorale;
The Paulist Boy Choristers of California; Los Angeles Philharmonic; Esa Pekka Salonen- conductor

Classical | 2 CD | EAC Rip | 378 Mb (3% recovery)| FLAC+LOG+Cue | Complete scans
Publisher: Sony Classical | Recorded: 1997 | Published: 1998

Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen is one of the few indisputably great masters of his trade… The orchestra has never sounded better - in fact, the playing on this disc is so staggeringly fine that you're simply not conscious of it at all. Salonen's interpretation is equally persuasive. It's so natural that it actually makes the work - the longest symphony in the repertoire - seem short… Check out the end of the first movement for the most exciting and passionate five minutes of music you're ever likely to hear. Greatness, folks, pure and simple. - Editorial Reviews - Amazon.com, David Hurwitz
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Foreign Bodies; Wing On Wing; Insomnia (2005)

Esa-Pekka Salonen: Foreign Bodies; Wing On Wing; Insomnia (2005)
Contemporary Classical | DG | 2005 | 66:29 | EAC (FLAC, cue, no log) | Booklet | 327 MB
Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor, Anu Komsi, soprano, Piia Komsi, soprano

This trio of recent works by Salonen (b. 1958) suggests that he's one of the most interesting composers on today's scene. All three share the virtues of his highly individual style, modernistic and accessible. “Foreign Bodies” is music of muscular, extroverted energy; “Wing on Wing” meditates mesmerizingly on the architectural ideas of Frank Gehry, assembling high-tech orchestral-electronic textures that gleam and shimmer like the wings of Disney Hall.
"...two coloratura sopranos join the orchestra sometimes as soloists, sometimes as instruments among others. In the beginning of the piece I pair them with the lowest-sounding woodwind instruments, the contrabassoon and the contrabass clarinet, and create a new kind of hybrid instrument, a sci-fi fantasy of a union between humans and machines."
B. Herrmann: The Film Scores - Los Angeles Philharmonic; Esa Pekka Salonen

Bernard Herrmann: The Filma Scores – Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; Esa Pekka Salonen, conductor
Classical | Film Music | 1 CD | EAC Rip | 357 MB | FLAC+LOG+M3U+Cue | Full scans | 3 RS links
Publisher: Sony Classical

Amazon.com essential recording
Over the years, and thanks to the CD revolution, film music has come into its own. Bernard Herrmann (1911-1975) has given us some of the most distinct film scores of any composer. As the lists of titles show, Herrmann did a number of Alfred Hitchcock movies–Psycho, Marnie, North by Northwest, Vertigo, and Torn Curtain. What is remarkable is how these works cohere as atmospheric tone poems. Fahrenheit 451: Suite for Strings, Harps, and Percussion has the same kind of atmospherics as some of Arnold Bax's tone poems of the 1930s. This music does not need a visual medium. It's that good. –Paul Cook
Hermann was one of the great film music composers of all time, and his scores fit naturally into a great and illustrious tradition, nowhere more so than in this award-winning recording. –David Hurwitz

Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphonie - Esa Pekka-Salonen  

Posted by Avakistiri at Oct. 8, 2007
Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphonie - Esa Pekka-Salonen

Messiaen: Turangalîla Symphonie - Esa Pekka-Salonen
T.T.: 77'45 | APE (+CUE) | Scans: Covers, Booklet | Files: 4 | 350MB
Itzhak Perlman - Goldmark: Violin Concerto; Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen (2015) [TR24][OF]

Itzhak Perlman - Goldmark: Violin Concerto; Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen
Classical | FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | 43:08 min | 795 MB | Digital booklet
Label: Warner Classics | Tracks: 04 | Rls.date: 2015

Happy Birthday, Mr. Perlman! Warner Classics is proud to celebrate Itzhak Perlman’s 70th birthday with several releases. Itzhak is adored by audiences around the world and is a musician whose powerful but sympathetic artistic personality provides a model for the players who have followed him. The center piece is the 77 cd box set Itzhak Perlman: The Complete Warner Recordings.