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.

One have to underline the fact that this festival in Verbier is founded by a Swede, namely Martin T:son Engstroem (if spelled with an oe or an ö, I do not know). He is an artist agent and he has been involved in many artistic projects. This festival he founded in 1994 and he is still in charge.

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:https://www.gramophone.co.uk/classical-music-news/esa-pekka-salonen-to-step-down-from-the-philharmonia)

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