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Total Immersion Esa-Pekka Salonen: BBC Singers and Guildhall Musicians

The BBC Singers perform choral works by Salonen and his teacher Rautavaara plus virtuosic instrumental works performed by musicians from the Guildhall.

Total Immersion Esa-Pekka Salonen. The BBC Singers in choral works by Salonen and his teacher Rautavaara; plus virtuosic instrumental works performed by musicians from the Guildhall.

Recorded at Milton Court, London on Sunday 10th December 2017
Presented by Andrew McGregor

Part 1
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Two Songs from Kalender Röd
Rautavaara: Our Joyful'st
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Dona Nobis Pacem
Rautavaara: Missa a Capella
Esa-Pekka: Salonen Iri da iri
BBC Singers
Nicholas Chalmers, conductor

Part 2
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Dichotomie for piano*
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Second Meeting for oboe and piano+
Esa-Pekka Salonen: YTA1 for solo alto flute **
Esa-Pekka Salonen: Memoria for wind quintet++
Musicians from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama:
*Ben Smith (piano)
+ Bernice Lee (oboe), Ljubica Stojanovic (piano)
** Simon Williams (alto flute)
++ Marcus Dawe (flute), Laura Ware-Heine (oboe), Liam Foster (clarinet), Stacey Newlin (bassoon), Billy Marshall (French horn)

In Part 1 of tonight's focus on the music of Finnish composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, music by teacher and pupil, complementary but distinctive, sits side by side. Einojuhani Rautavaara, who died in 2016, was one of Esa-Pekka Salonen's teachers in Helsinki and this concert juxtaposes choral works by the two men. Conductor Nicholas Chalmers joins the BBC Singers for a programme of music set to texts that range from the Mass to Dante (2014's Iri da iri). Rautavaara's Our Joyful'st Feast sets English words with glorious results while his Missa a Capella (2011) builds on an earlier setting of the Credo from 1972. The concert opens with two songs setting the poetry of Ann Jäderlund, music of great sensuality that hearkens back to the counterpoint of Palestrina.
In Part 2, Musicians from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama platform Esa-Pekka Salonen's dazzling smaller-scale instrumental works, which reveal, as if under a microscope, his fascination with the intricacies of music. His 17-minute Dichotomie, written in 2000, '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). And the three works featuring wind instruments are also powerful additions to the modern repertoire.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Esa‐Pekka Salonen

    Two Songs from Kalender Rod

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Nicholas Chalmers.
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara

    Our Joyful'st Feast

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Nicholas Chalmers.
  • Esa‐Pekka Salonen

    Dona Nobis Pacem

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Nicholas Chalmers.
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara

    Missa a Cappella

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Nicholas Chalmers.
  • Esa‐Pekka Salonen

    Iri da iri

    Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Nicholas Chalmers.
  • Esa‐Pekka Salonen

    Dichotomie for piano

    Performer: Ben Smith.
  • Esa‐Pekka Salonen

    Second Meeting - for oboe and piano

    Performer: Bernice Lee. Performer: Ljubica Stojanovic.
  • Esa‐Pekka Salonen

    YTA1 for solo alto flute

    Performer: Simon Williams.
  • Esa‐Pekka Salonen

    Memoria for wind quintet

    Ensemble: Musicians from the Guildhall School.
  • Akira Nishimura

    String Quartet No. 2 "Pulse of the Lights"

    Performer: Van Kuijk Quartet.

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