måndag, januari 04, 2010

Evgeny Kissin,Esa-Pekka Salonen and Sibelius

This evening I listened to a concert from the Verbier Music Festival (2007?):
Jean Sibelius symphony n:o 5 with Evgeny Kissin at the piano and Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the youth orchestra.

This is to some extent a very Beethoven-inspired symphony with great bravura and extraordinary fascinating parts of power combined with other more romantic, sensitive passages.
Kissin is a wonderful pianist combining these both above mentioned qualities when playing this piece of music and I think he performed it extraordinarly well.
He has become a bright and shining star on the 'pianistic heaven' the last fifteen-twenty years though he is still rather young (born in 1971)!

Esa-Pekka Salonen is a conductor who has gained a well deserved reputation within many different repertory fields and for the Swedish audience he is of course well known as having been the chief orchestra leader/director of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra (1985-95).
He is, in Sweden, more regarded as a Swedish rather than as the Finnish conductor he actually is. The Swedes have adopted him.

He conducted the UBS Verbier Festival Orchestra, consisted of young musicians, in a piece of music he must know very well and they sounded very good with a surprisingly mature sound.

The final from Sibelius symphony no 5 with Esa-Pekka Salonen
(not from this concert)

Evgeny Kissin at Verbier Music Festival playing Prokofiev 'Romeo and Juliet'

Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet - Evgeny Kissin -... par medicitv

(Photo Evgeny Kissin copied from: http://operachic.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/04/21/kissin.jpg)
(Photo Esa-Pekka Salonen copied from: http://www.tokafi.com/static/2008/02/esa-pekka-salonen-goes-multimedia-philharmonia-Esa_Pekka_Salonen_Philharmonia.jpg)

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