Esa-Pekka Salonen chamber music

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Portrait of Esa-Pekka Salonen

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s fascination with timbre and texture is stripped bare in this concert of his music on a smaller scale.

Esa-Pekka Salonen’s smaller-scale works reveal, as if under a microscope, his fascination with the intricacies of music. His 17-minute Dichotomie, which he wrote in 2000, is a fascinating creation that ‘deploys aggressive but constantly shifting rhythmic mechanisms whose origins lie in Prokofiev, while its second [movement] seems closer to the flowing spontaneity of the Ligeti Études’ (Gramophone). It is a powerful addition to the modern piano repertoire and a highly rewarding listening experience.

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As the subject of our 2017–18 Composer Focus, Esa-Pekka’s music is at the core of our programme celebrating 100 years of Finnish independence. Ahead of his concerts, we put the focus on him to find out more about his career to date.

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