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    I've attended his concert of Bartok's music in Paris and was quite impressed. I also like his recording of Mahler's Ninth. His Beethoven's Fifth with the LA was also very good, imho.
    I like his interviews. He is famous, but without so much "world-known star" image, which is also good, imho. To see him conducting was also a VISUAL pleasure for me...

    I am glad that he (unlike Boulez) changed his mind about Shostakovich...

    So, what do you think of him?

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    He's great. I think he is one of the finest Finnish conductors. I have many CD where he is the conductor.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Esa-Pekka_Salonen

    You can take a look of my list, the complete one. If you have Excel, you can type ctrl F and search his name in order to see what I have by him. But, I know he composed some stuff, I don't know his compositions.


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    Quote Originally Posted by myaskovsky2002 View Post
    He's great. I think he is one of the finest Finnish conductors.
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    Wow, that is quite a compliment! Who are your top 5 Finnish conductors?
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    Top 5... Is a bit too much, I am not Finnishoadictive... Go to my list and take a look. I love an opera, the singing tree by Bergman, the conductor is great. Please be kind to go and take a look in my site, my Ipad is limited, I don't have the control (ctrl) key.

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    Quote Originally Posted by myaskovsky2002 View Post
    Top 5... Is a bit too much, I am not Finnishoadictive... Go to my list and take a look. I love an opera, the singing tree by Bergman, the conductor is great. Please be kind to go and take a look in my site, my Ipad is limited, I don't have the control (ctrl) key.

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    i can only think of 15 Finnish Conductors that I consider to be world class. And you can't name your top 5 Finns?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mitchflorida View Post
    i can only think of 15 Finnish Conductors that I consider to be world class. And you can't name your top 5 Finns?
    Well, I am limited, you are not. I like some Finnish composers as Salonnen, Rautavaara...I am not Finnish and Finnish music is not my especiality. Maybe you are Finnish... However, I know many many many Russian composers.

    As I can see, you haven't seen my list yet, I am the only guy whom answered here and you start treating me not very well... Kind of you, you'll stay alone.

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    His Carl Nielsen cycle is the best I've heard (way better than Bernstein/Ormandy that is).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nuukeer View Post
    His Carl Nielsen cycle is the best I've heard (way better than Bernstein/Ormandy that is).
    Have you heard SFS/Blomstedt?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaneyes View Post
    Have you heard SFS/Blomstedt?
    I'm listening to it right now. Seems very good as well. I think Salonen did the Aladdin Suite better.
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    I regard Salonen as one of the best living conductors...I ''ve got several of his recordings, and they are very good. heard him live last Spring 2 concerts with Chicago- Rite of Spring, then Petrushka, also premiered his cello concerto with YoYo Ma...both concerts terrific, best live Rite I've ever heard, same with Petrushka. great playing, very fine conducting

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    One of my former teachers plays in the LA Phil. He would always talk about Esa-Pekka's unbelievable sense of rhythm. You could apparently approach him with the craziest polyrhythms and he'd be able to tap them out on the spot. I personally have always enjoyed his recordings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tgdb9 View Post
    One of my former teachers plays in the LA Phil. He would always talk about Esa-Pekka's unbelievable sense of rhythm. You could apparently approach him with the craziest polyrhythms and he'd be able to tap them out on the spot. I personally have always enjoyed his recordings.
    Yes, his rhythm is indeed excellent...all of the meter changes in Rite of Spring and Petrushka were executed with utmost clarity and command when I heard him conduct in Chicago. of course, this is standard repertoire, so the orchestra does not have a problem with it. but some conductors do struggle, and the orchestra plays it despite them....not the case with Salonen - he had it down....

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    I attended a concert Salonen and the Philharmonia gave at St David's Hall, Cardiff in 2011: Bartók's Miraculous Mandarin and Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, with Shostakovich's 2nd Piano Concerto sandwiched in between. It was easily one of the best musical evenings I've ever experienced; rarely have I heard the Bartók or Stravinsky so thrillingly played.

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    Great conductor, his Nielsen set is awesome. Like a lot his Transfigurated Night also. I'm curious about his Stravinsky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heliogabo View Post
    Great conductor, his Nielsen set is awesome. Like a lot his Transfigurated Night also. I'm curious about his Stravinsky.
    Best live "Rite" I've ever heard was Salonen/CSO, last year....same with Petrushka....I'd like to hear him with some of the later Stravinsky works - the Symphonies, Jeu de Cartes, Agon, etc....

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