Jean Sibelius: Symphonic Fantasy “Pohjola’s Daughter”
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Violin Concerto
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony #7
Leila Josefowicz, violin
Philharmonia Orchestra/Esa-Pekka Salonen
Brussels, Center for Fine Arts, March 6, 2012
As part of the European Galas series hosted by the Center for Fine Arts in Brussels and the Flanders Festival, the Philharmonia Orchestra of London under its current music director Esa-Pekka Salonen brought a remarkable evening, covering no less than two centuries of music. Starting with Jean Sibelius’ rarely heard Pohjola’s Daughter from 1906, they fast-forwarded us to 2009 with Salonen’s own Violin Concerto, before bringing us back to 1813 with the Beethoven Seventh. And although these compositions might as well have originated on different planets, rhythmic drive is a prominent feature in all three. By juxtaposing Beethoven with contemporary music, Salonen replicates his “Beethoven Unbound” project from 2005/06 with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Inspired concert programming like this is all too rarely found, and it’s still most welcome.
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