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Salonen

2 Feb. 2009 | Format: MP3

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9:34
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14:52
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9:36
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8:46
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 2008
  • Release Date: 1 Jan. 2008
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 2008 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 1:00:22
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  • ASIN: B003U043RS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,171 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nobody TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Aug. 2011
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Esa-Pekka Salonen is more famed as a conductor but this release and others show that he is no mean composer either. The showpiece here is his very substantial piano concerto and this carries many of the characteristics found in his orchestral music: a harmonic language with much in common with Debussy and Messiaen and rhythmic procedures reflecting his admiration of John Adams. He is a very fine orchestrator too.

The piano concerto showcases all of this and its three movements are carried by a sense of momentum throughout, giving it a sense of inevitable logic. It is a luxurious orchestral work: a grand piano concerto on the scale of the late romantics. Like much of his music this sounds beautiful indeed without pandering to easy solutions: it still sounds modern but immediately accessible. The piano concerto is clearly an attractive and substantial major work.

These are world premiere recordings and live performances. the first work, "Helix" for full orchestra lasts less than ten minutes but the "wohs" and "ahs" from the audience at its conclusion, before the inevitable roars of approval, illustrate how direct the music's impact is.

"Dichotomie" is a set of two solo piano pieces: "mechanisme" and "organisme". They set out to contrast the two characteristics. At just under twenty minutes this is hardly lightweight music either. What the sleeve notes don't say is that there is a close link between this work and his orchestral work "Foreign Bodies". The first movement is basically a reworking of that material. Or did the piano work come first? - it would be nice to know.

I prefer "Foreign Bodies" but this is an attractive piece.
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