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BBC SO Total Immersion: Esa-Pekka Salonen

Picture of Sakari Oramo conducting

A rich survey of Salonen’s music with orchestra including the thrilling Wing on Wing inspired by the striking architecture of LA’s Disney Hall.

Finn on Finn perhaps! A Finnish conductor and two Finnish singers treat us to music by the Finn, Esa-Pekka Salonen in this climax of the Total Immersion weekend. Sisters Anu and Piia Komsi sang in the 2004 world premiere of Wing on Wing, a work inspired by architect Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles (and using taped samples of Gehry’s voice). Gambit from 1998 makes a powerful opener, a virtuoso overture. Mimo II (1992) for oboe and orchestra is a kind of super-theme-and-variations while the choral Karawane from 2014, setting a poem by the German Dadaist poet Hugo Ball, brings the story almost up to date.


Esa-Pekka Salonen rehearsing in london

Barbican Meets: Esa-Pekka Salonen

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.

Cocktails, concrete and tonnes of charm

Pop into the Martini Bar for a pre-performance tipple, with Happy Hour from 5-6pm

Barbican Hall