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Angela Denoke © Johan Persson
London

The tamest nightclub in Berlin: Salonen goes to Weimar

By , 09 June 2019
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Camilla Tilling (Mélisande) and Laurent Naouri (Golaud) © Sakari Viika
Helsinki

Waterworld: firm musical foundations in Finnish National Opera's Pelléas et Mélisande

By , 31 May 2019
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
Los Angeles

Salonen and Sellars preside over close of LA Phil Stravinsky series

By , 18 April 2019
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
Los Angeles

Rituals, funerary and celebratory, open up Salonen's Stravinsky series

By , 12 April 2019
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Marianne Crebassa © Thomas Bartel
London

Musical painting from Marianne Crebassa, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia

By , 28 February 2019
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
London

Salonen shines as both composer and conductor with the Philharmonia

By , 24 February 2019
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
London

Eclecticism and excitement as Salonen continues his late Romantic traversal

By , 30 September 2018
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
London

End of the world hysteria launches Philharmonia season opener

By , 27 September 2018
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Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra © Arne Hyckenberg
Stockholm

Congratulations, Esa-Pekka! Baltic Sea Festival celebrates a cherished conductor

By , 01 September 2018
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Esa-Pekka Salonen and Martin Fröst © Micke Grönberg | Sveriges Radio
Stockholm

Jesper Nordin’s new large-scale multimedia work disappoints in Stockholm

By , 31 August 2018
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
London

Prom 36: Brilliance and excitement in Salonen’s Webern, Mahler and Wagner with the Philharmonia

By , 09 August 2018
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Esa-Pekka Salonen and Camilla Tilling © Camilla Greenwell | Philharmonia Orchestra
London

A thrilling Gurrelieder from Salonen and the Philharmonia

By , 28 June 2018
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
Chicago

Esa-Pekka Salonen leads an outstanding Transfigured Night in Chicago

By , 26 May 2018
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
Antwerp

Thrilling Beethoven and Mahler from Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra in Antwerp

By , 18 April 2018
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
New York City

A world première and a subscription debut with New York Philharmonic at Geffen Hall

By , 04 April 2018
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
Los Angeles

Salonen revives Wing On Wing... and it flies!

By , 16 February 2018
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
Los Angeles

A rousing reunion for Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic

By , 09 February 2018
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
Los Angeles

A portrait of a world drawn closer, as depicted by Esa-Pekka Salonen

By , 08 February 2018
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Vilde Frang © Marco Borggreve
London

Vilde Frang's impresses, but Salonen's Finnish independence celebrations miss the mark

By , 07 December 2017
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
London

Expressive truths: Mahler’s Ninth Symphony from Salonen and the Philharmonia

By , 30 November 2017
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Michelle DeYoung, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Philharmonia © David Karlin | Bachtrack Ltd
London

Hand-crafted from start to finish: Salonen and the Philharmonia triumph with Mahler 3

By , 01 October 2017
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Anna Thorvaldsdóttir © Kristinn Ingvarsson
London

Nordic, but not noir: Salonen and the Philharmonia match Sibelius with new Icelandic talent

By , 28 September 2017
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Hannah Holgersson, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra © Micke Grönberg | Sveriges Radio
Stockholm

Eternal truths: première of Hillborg's new film collaboration in Stockholm

By , 23 August 2017
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Joseph Kaiser (Oedipus) © Arne Hyckenberg
Stockholm

Rex tremendae majestatis: impressive Stravinsky at the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm

By , 21 August 2017
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Marianne Crebassa © Thomas Bartel
London

Prom 24: A monumental assault on the senses from Crebassa, Salonen and Philharmonia

By , 02 August 2017
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Anne Ryan
New York City

The MET Orchestra and Esa-Pekka Salonen in a revelatory pairing of Schumann and Mahler

By , 03 June 2017
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
New York City

Salonen’s Mahler at Carnegie Hall: transparent, direct, with no pathos

By , 31 May 2017
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
London

Raw and thrilling Bartók and Mahler from the Philharmonia

By , 07 May 2017
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
London

Smudgy haze and glaring sunbursts: Boulez and Debussy juxtaposed by Salonen and the Philharmonia

By , 04 May 2017
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
New York City

A foggy evening at the New York Philharmonic

By , 27 April 2017
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Esa-Pekka Salonen and Yo-Yo Ma with the Chicago Symphony © Anne Ryan
Chicago

Yo-Yo Ma and Chicago Symphony bring Salonen’s new Cello Concerto to life

By , 09 March 2017
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Leila Josefowicz © Chris Lee
Chicago

Salonen and Josefowicz riveting in Chicago première of Adams’ Scheherazade.2

By , 02 March 2017
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Nigel Back, Richard Watkins, Katy Woolley and Michael Thompson © Camilla Greenwell
London

Emperors and prophets from Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia

By , 23 February 2017
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Kari Kriikku © Marco Borggreve
New York City

New York Phil plunges audiences into immersive Saariaho portrait

By , 13 October 2016
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
Northridge

Sibelius with a golden wand: Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia in Northridge, California

By , 05 October 2016
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Laurel Jenkins and Sir Willard White © Camilla Greenwell
London

Magnificent climax to the Philharmonia Stravinsky series

By , 29 September 2016
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Pauline Cheviller © Camilla Greenwell
London

“Sing O Muse": Salonen explores Stravinsky inspired by Greek myth

By , 25 September 2016
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Yuja Wang, Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Swedish Radio SO © Arne Hyckenberg
Stockholm

Romps, romance and risk at the Berwaldhallen from the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

By , 28 August 2016
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
London

Prom 32: Salonen and the Philharmonia prove a mixed bag

By , 08 August 2016
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Natalia Pavlova (Parasha) and Artyom Melikhov (Vassily) in Mavra © Camilla Greenwell Photography
London

Rhythmic precision: Foxy Stravinsky from Salonen and the Philharmonia

By , 26 May 2016
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
London

Tension until the bitter end: Salonen and the Philharmonia devastate in The Rite of Spring

By , 15 May 2016
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Adriennec Pieczonka, Waltraud Meier, Nina Stemme © Marty Sohl / Metropolitan Opera
New York City

Met's new Elektra a triumph of music and theater

By , 14 April 2016
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© Clive Barda
New York City

Salonen leads brilliantly colored Turangalîla-Symphonie with the NY Phil

By , 10 March 2016
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Benjamin Suomela
New York City

The Messiaen Connection; or, How to Inspire "Egg-Makers" by Esa-Pekka Salonen and musicians of the New York Philharmonic

By , 07 March 2016
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Esa-Pekka Salonen © Katja Tahja
Chicago

Salonen and Ma lead the CSO to the end of the millennium

By , 01 March 2016
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Camilla Tilling © Craig T. Mathew | Mathew Imaging
Los Angeles

Definitive Pelléas and Mélisande at the LA Phil

By , 19 February 2016
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Esa Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
London

Powerful Prokofiev and Scriabin from the Philharmonia and Salonen

By , 03 December 2015
***11
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Sam Bond (Peer Gynt) and Lisa Ellis (Woman in Green) © Philharmonia | Marina Vidor
London

Esa-Pekka Salonen digs beneath the skin of Peer Gynt

By , 26 November 2015
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Barbara Hannigan (Elle) and Claude Bardouil (Lui) © Bernd Uhlig | Opéra National de Paris
Paris

Wild dialogues: Bluebeard's Castle and La Voix humaine at the Palais Garnier

By , 23 November 2015
****1
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Arabella Steinbacher © Peter Rigaud
London

Peerless Brahms and heaven-storming Sibelius from Salonen and the Philharmonia

By , 02 November 2015
****1
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