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Magnus Lindberg: EXPO, Piano Concerto No. 2, Al largo

According to Luciano Berio (Remembering the Future, 2006), the musical development of the last few decades has postulated an opposition between two kinds of musicians, one empirical and the other systematic, “an opposition between the composer as bricoleur and the … Continue reading

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Esa-Pekka Salonen: LA Variations, Five Images after Sappho, Mania, Gambit, Giro

To view Esa-Pekka Salonen as a conductor who also composes is to consider his story in reverse. When he was a student at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki in the ’70s, Salonen entered Jorma Panula’s conducting class primarily as a … Continue reading

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Jean Sibelius: Pohjola’s Daughter, Op. 49 (1905–06)

“I have found my old self again, musi­cally speaking. Many things are now clear to me: really I am a tone painter and poet. Liszt’s view of music is the one to which I am closest. Hence my interest in … Continue reading

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Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5, Op. 82 (1915–1919)

Sibelius got the first ideas for his Fifth Symphony in the summer of 1914. His sketchbook and diary give a rare opportunity to follow the genesis of this work from July 1914 through the summer of 1916. His compositional process … Continue reading

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