San Francisco Symphony / Johan Dalene / Esa-Pekka Salonen

Stucky / Barber / Salonen / Bártók – Multiverse Esa-Pekka Salonen

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Esa-Pekka Salonen
Esa-Pekka Salonen © Clive Barda
Johan Dalene
Johan Dalene © Daniel Dittus

Daring avant-garde

Two of the works on tonight’s programme were given their first performance by conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen personally: the one-movement orchestral piece »Radical Light« by American composer Stephen Stucky, and »Nyx«, his own symphonic tribute to the Greek god of the night, shrouded in fascinating colours. Together with music by Barber, Bach and Bartók, they make for a concert programme that you don’t get to hear every day.

We can look forward to the return of Johan Dalene, who already attracted interest in the last Elbphilharmonie season as a Rising Star. The young Swedish violinist presents different facets of his talent in Samuel Barber’s romantic, rapturous Violin Concerto.

The evening ends on a wild note with the suite from Béla Bartók’s pantomime ballet »The Miraculous Mandarin«. Shortly after the first performance in Cologne in November 1926 Konrad Adenauer, then mayor of the city, had the work taken off the programme: not because of its avant-garde music, however, but because of the supposedly obscene story.


San Francisco Symphony

Johan Dalene violin

conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen


Steven Stucky
Radical Light

Samuel Barber
Konzert für Violine und Orchester op. 14


Eugène Ysaÿe
Sonate e-Moll op. 27/4 für Violine solo

– Interval –

Esa-Pekka Salonen
Nyx für Orchester

Béla Bartók
Suite aus »Der wunderbare Mandarin« Sz 73


Jean Sibelius
Valse triste / aus der Schauspielmusik zu »Kuolema« op. 44

Richard Wagner
Vorspiel zum 3. Aufzug aus »Lohengrin« WWV 75

Pre-Concert Talk (in German)
19:00 / Elbphilharmonie, Großer Saal

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Elbphilharmonie Abo 1


The Americans

Multiverse Esa-Pekka Salonen

Promoter: HamburgMusik / Konzertdirektion Dr. Rudolf Goette

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