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Salonen: Helix; Piano Concerto; Dichotomie

Esa-Pekka Salonen , Los Angeles Philharmonic , Yefim Bronfman Audio CD
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listen  1. Salonen: Helix (Live)Los Angeles Philharmonic 9:35Album Only
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listen  3. Salonen: Piano Concerto - Movement IILos Angeles Philharmonic 9:37Album Only
listen  4. Salonen: Piano Concerto - Movement IIILos Angeles Philharmonic 8:47Album Only
listen  5. Salonen: Dichotomie - 1. MécanismeYefim Bronfman 9:46Album Only
listen  6. Salonen: Dichotomie - 2. OrganismeYefim Bronfman 7:50Album Only


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  • Performer: Yefim Bronfman
  • Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic
  • Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • Audio CD (April 7, 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B001IT74YM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,959 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"From its orchestral introduction (a halting yet urgent march with fidgety dotted-rhythm string figurations and lumbering syncopated riffs in the timpani and drums) to its incandescent conclusion (with the tentative introductory music turned into a din of pungently harmonic triumph), this 30-minute concerto in three movements pulls you along its inexorable path ... I cannot remember the last time a premiere at the New York Philharmonic won such an enthusiastic ovation." -- The New York Times on the premiere of the Piano Concerto

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Esa-Pekka Salonen: Colorist Extraordinaire April 12, 2009
Format:Audio CD
There is a heightened level of musical exhilaration in Los Angeles currently. The media is focusing on the final concerts of Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Esa-Pekka Salonen as he closes his 17 year tenure at the helm of the now world class orchestra he has nurtured. In celebration of that event DGG has released this recording of his Piano Concerto written for Yefim Bronfman, the soloist on this recording. For those who have been following the conducting career as well as the composing career of Salonen this recording will satisfy on every level. And now we await the release of his just-completed Violin Concerto composed for Leila Josefowicz that was premiered this week in one of Salonen's last concerts. The Violin Concerto is even more virtuosic and complex and satisfying musically than the Piano Concerto: watch for it.

Salonen has grown from a composer of fascinatingly complex modern music to works that are not only inventive but are also so rich in color and thematic material and scale such emotional heights that they seem destined to become standards. The Piano Concerto is a perfect example of this present level of compositional finesse. More a conversation between piano and orchestra than the standard 'orchestra accompanied piano extravaganza', this concerto poses questions and comments from the keyboard that are then answered by various choirs in the orchestra. The piano writing is daring and demanding technically, but that never seems to be the focus. The entire work comes across as a thorough-composed dialogue between equal partners - piano and orchestra.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! April 9, 2009
By WGL
Format:Audio CD
His accomplishments as a conductor aside, Salonen the composer just impresses my more and more. His music is bright, colorful, and relentlessly athletic. His has a unique voice.
I agree with the other reviewer - Salonen's piano concerto is one of the best I've heard in a long time. Yefim Bronfman navigates the highly intricate piano part with lucid ease, the orchestra is a worthy adversary with Salonen's glittering, kaleidoscopic accompaniment...there is an orchestral interlude midway through the first movement that will knock your socks off.
Helix is another exciting piece, its unstoppable forward motion pushing towards a delirious climax. Dichotomie doesn't do as much for me...its essentially a scaled-down version of his 'Foreign Bodies.'

I strongly recommend this disc...two showstopping pieces from one of today's foremost composers.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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We got this Deutsche Grammophon disc in Europe last year, but the label appears to have delayed its US release until the occasion of Esa-Pekka Salonen's retirement from the L.A. Philharmonic. In any event, you're in for a treat with these three works written by Salonen, where he conducts his own home ensemble, with his favourite pianist Yefim Bronfman as soloist. I had known of Salonen the composer for a long time, but I never heard any of his music. I assumed he was, like so many contemporary composer-conductors, a generic modernist figure without any original angle. I found how foolish I was upon hearing a radio broadcast of the premiere of his Piano Concerto in February 2007.

The Piano Concerto is a major contribution to the genre, and we're fortunate in having a commercial recording. In writing his piano part, Salonen wanted to embrace the acoustic properties of the piano that had been neglected under serialism and early post-serialism, and the result is immensely colourful. The piano part is also one of the most virtuosic solo parts I can think of. Salonen spends much of the first movement exploring duets between the piano and isolated parts of the orchestra, such as violas in one portion, woodwinds and harp in another, and so forth. But sometimes the piano pauses while portions of the orchestra contend with each other, and the piece can seem as much Concerto for Orchestra as Piano Concerto. Salonen throws in some references to Debussy and Romanticism, and his music can be called neotonal, but I've never really heard any kind of music like this. Salonen believes that all musical expression flows from bodily expression, and this is reflected in the sheer range of rhythmic displays. I've been enjoying this piece for over two years now, and I think it's no flash in the pan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to Salonen's work February 21, 2013
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Esa-Pekka Salonen, especially beloved out here in Southern California where he conducted the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1992 to 2009 (and where he still guest conducts on a regular basis), led "Helix" with that orchestra on a recent 2012 visit. I liked it and bought this recording. This CD seems, on the whole, a good introduction to his own compositions -- most of which are not that well known, at least to me. To anyone familiar with the development of music through the 20th into the 21st century, Salonen's style will not seem in the least bit alienating. If anything, it might be considered too conservative. Still, his music is dramatic and absorbing and exerts considerable appeal.
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