Louis Andriessen on Nonesuch (CD Review)

Louis Andriessen The Only One Nora Fischer, soprano Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor Nonesuch Records Louis Andriessen is in poor health. The eighty-one year old composer finished his last work, May, in 2019. It received a belated premiere (sans audience due to the pandemic) in December 2020 by Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century andContinue reading “Louis Andriessen on Nonesuch (CD Review)”

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Concerto for Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma Premieres Salonen Concerto in New York March 15, 2017 Sequenza 21 By Christian Carey   NEW YORK – One of the most eagerly anticipated New York premieres of 2017 was Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Cello Concerto, written for Yo-Yo Ma. It had been presented shortly before by the Chicago Symphony, and buzz had grown aroundContinue reading “Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Concerto for Yo-Yo Ma”

James Matheson (CD Review)

James Matheson Violin Concerto, String Quartet, Time Alone Baird Dodge, violin; Chicago Symphony, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen; Color Field Quartet Laura Strickling, soprano; Thomas Sauer, piano Yarlung Records On his latest CD for Yarlung, composer James Matheson presents strong essays in both the concerto and string quartet genres. His String Quartet, played in vibrant fashionContinue reading “James Matheson (CD Review)”

Esa-Pekka Salonen and Yo-Yo Ma: “Playing with Friends” (Video)

I’m very much looking forward to hearing Yo-Yo Ma play Esa-Pekka Salonen’s new cello concerto, which he performs tonight with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Music Director Alan Gilbert. Music Sales has shared a group of videos of Ma and Salonen discussing the gestation of the piece (embedded below).