Ensemble: NEC Philharmonia
Conductor: Hugh Wolff
Esa-Pekka Salonen’s "L.A. Variations", written on commission for the Los Angeles Philharmonic (of which he was then music director), marked Salonen’s emergence as a major composer after his international conducting career had interrupted what had previously been his primary musical focus as a young musician.
Critic Mark Swed, writing in the "Los Angeles Times" after the 1997 premiere, pronounced "'LA Variations' a happy event. It is a proud statement, its composer wrote in his program note, of ‘the virtuosity and power of my orchestra.’ It is a piece, Salonen has also said, that demonstrates finally the not-always easy assimilation of a ‘Finnish boy’ into multicultural, freeway-obsessed Los Angeles.
A kind of concerto for orchestra with flavor notes of folk music, the Salonen is clearly, too, Hugh Wolff’s statement of pride in his NEC Philharmonia and its youthful virtuosity. How better to begin a new season?
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Date: October 1, 2014 - 8:00PM
Location: NEC's Jordan Hall
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