Esa Pekka Salonen – Violin Concerto

Esa-Pekka Salonen, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Yefim Bronfman - Salonen: Helix, Piano Concerto, Dichotomie (2008)

Esa-Pekka Salonen, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Yefim Bronfman - Salonen: Helix, Piano Concerto, Dichotomie (2008)
XLD | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 01:34:30 | 284 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | Catalog: DGG4778103

Issued to celebrate Esa-Pekka Salonen’s time with the Los Angeles Philharmonic (he is now their first ever conductor laureate), this valuable disc really points us to how important Salonen may be seen one day as a composer. Although he reputedly sees his conducting activities as bill-paying ones, he is nevertheless ultra-high profile (he is presently principal conductor and artistic advisor of London’s Philharmonia Orchestra).
Philharmonia Orchestra, Esa-Pekka Salonen - Bela Bartok: The Miraculous Mandarin; Dance Suite; Contrasts (2016)

Béla Bartók: The Miraculous Mandarin; Dance Suite; Contrasts (2016)
Philharmonia Orchestra; Philharmonia Voices; Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano; Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay, violin; Mark Van de Wiel, clarinet

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 289 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Signum Records | # SIGCD466 | Time: 01:08:31

Recorded as part of their critically praised ‘Infernal Dance’ season, the Philharmonia Orchestra under Esa-Pekka Salonen explore three contrasting works by Bela Bartok – the chamber piece Contrasts, and the orchestral works Dance Suite and The Miraculous Mandarin. Contrasts is one of Bela Bartok’s most imaginative forays into the world of chamber music. His only chamber work involving a woodwind instrument (for Piano, Clarinet and Violin), Contrasts originated in a commission from the American ‘King of Swing’, Benny Goodman. Composed to mark the 50th anniversary of Budapest in 1923, Bartok’s Dance Suite is a rhapsodic collection of folk inspired tunes that marked a sonorous change in direction from the composer’s more dissonant works up to that point. The ballet-pantomime The Miraculous Mandarin is raw, dangerous, exotic and elemental: using the rarely performed full ballet score it is frenzied music, percussive, sensuous and violent, telling a shocking story of desire and death.
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;
Dawn Upshaw, Esa-Pekka Salonen - Kaija Saariaho: La Passion de Simone (2013) (Repost)

Dawn Upshaw, Esa-Pekka Salonen - Kaija Saariaho: La Passion de Simone (2013)
EAC | FLAC (tracks+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 66:32 | 268 MB
Genre: Classical, Opera, Choral | Label: Ondine | Catalog: ODE 1217-5

La Passion de Simone is an oratorio for solo soprano, choir, orchestra, and electronics by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho. Originally premiered in a stage version directed by Peter Sellars, this oratorio about the life and work of French philosopher Simone Weil, has been developed in a new version for live video by Jean-Baptiste Barriere. This new version premiered at the occasion of the 60th birthday celebration of Kaija Saariaho, offered to her as a surprise gift in Helsinki’s Musikkitalo earlier this month.
Los Angeles Philharmonic & Esa-Pekka Salonen - Le Sacre du Printemps (2015) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Los Angeles Philharmonic & Esa-Pekka Salonen - Le Sacre du Printemps (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 64:02 minutes | 1.16 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

This Deutsche Grammophon disc, Le Sacre du Printemps – Los Angeles Philharmonic, is issued to celebrate the opening of L.A.'s new concert venue, the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The Disney is one of the most controversial structures to go into in the ground in the twenty first century, a twisted, semi-abstract edifice made of polished stainless steel and occupying 293,000 square feet with a seven-level parking lot below.
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 -, David Hurwitz

Esa-Pekka Salonen - LA Variations (2001)  Music

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.

Esa-Pekka Salonen: Foreign Bodies; Wing On Wing; Insomnia (2005)  Music

Posted by Piterets at Feb. 28, 2010
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."