World leaders in a leather jacket: Esa-Pekka Salonen & London Philharmonia
This year, the Ghent Festival hosts one of the world’s most acclaimed conductors: Esa-Pekka Salonen. Together with the London Philharmonia Orchestra he has everything he needs to produce musical fireworks. This British orchestra is renowned for its strikingly progressive identity and is one of the most frequently recorded of all orchestras.
The programme is certain to delight: Arnold Schoenberg wrote his symphonic poem Verklärte Nacht in three weeks in a sudden burst of creativity. This five-part work is still permeated with the sound of the nineteenth century and appeared just before Schoenberg turned the Austrian music scene on its head.
Unlike his compatriot, Anton Bruckner was not known as a great innovator. In his Seventh Symphony, a monument of the symphonic repertoire on a grand scale, he nevertheless showed his critics a thing or two. With an unlikely wealth of timbre and musical themes that can only be described as superhuman, he rivalled even his own idol, Richard Wagner.
Only an orchestra of the quality of the Philharmonia can truly do justice to these key works. A truly evocative listening experience!
A concert of Hudson
Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4
II. Molto rallentando
III. A tempo
V. Adagio, molto tranquilo
Symphony no 7 in E major
I. Allegro moderato
Philharmonia Orchestra London
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor