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Performer: Esa-Pekka Salonen

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LondonMahler 3

Mahler: Symphony no. 3 in D minor
Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Michelle DeYoung; Philharmonia Voices; Tiffin Boys' Choir

LondonSalonen conducts Britten and Ravel

Ravel, Britten
Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Julia Bullock

LondonBeethoven’s Prometheus

Beethoven: The Creatures of Prometheus
Philharmonia Orchestra; Esa-Pekka Salonen; Stephen Fry; Gerard McBurney; Hillary Leben
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Bach by arrangement: Houston Symphony under Esa-Pekka Salonen

Listening to arrangements of Bach is like Dostoevsky’s challenge not to think about polar bears. It’s best to put the Bach out of your thoughts, even if “the cursed thing will come to mind every minute.”
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Salonen still the coolest Finn on the (ice) block

Esa-Pekka Salonen pairs Sibelius' last two symphonies in his concert with the Orchestre de Paris
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Salonen leads the Philharmonia in an animated Prometheus

Trying to rekindle the public’s interest for a rarely played work, Salonen and his collaborators took an unusual approach.
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An anniversary and a departure: Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia

American soprano Julia Bullock offered an impassioned, impeccably sung interpretation of Britten's Les Illuminations, bookended by elegant Ravel standards.
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Beethoven keeps the flame burning

Directed by Gerard McBurney, this concert recreated the marathon Akademie conducted by Beethoven in Vienna which saw the premieres of four major works. 
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Twilight draws on LA Phil’s look back at Weimar Germany

The Los Angeles Philharmonic under Salonen look back at the dwindling twilight years of the Weimar Republic. 
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