Esa Pekka Salonen is leaving the Los Angeles Philharmonic after one of the longest and most successful tenures of any music director in American orchestral history. I think I am one of the original American fans of EP – I had the opportunity to work with him more than 25 years ago, when he conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra for the very first time. His incredible impact on the music profession and on the musical life of Los Angeles can not be overstated, and I think what makes him such a compelling artistic personality is the virtually unique combination of being a musician always looking toward the new, but also the inheritor of a truly great tradition – that of a master composer who is the musical leader of a community. His music has already reached and moved so many people – the Piano Concerto, the LA Variations, and many other works are wonderful creations – and his interpretation of great works by other composers of the past and the present reflect his compositional mastery. Of course he is a truly great conductor and leader of orchestras, but it is his devotion to, and his understanding, sympathy and deep admiration of the composer that makes him such an inspired interpreter. I feel truly privileged to have worked with him on many occasions, and very fortunate to have his music to listen to. Long live Salonen!
Posted by: emanuelax1 | April 8, 2009
Esa Pekka Salonen
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