Esa-Pekka Salonen – conductor
Yefim Bronfman– piano
Beethoven Symphony No. 1
Liszt Piano Concerto No. 2
Stravinsky Symphonies of Wind Instruments
Sibelius Symphony No. 7
The Philharmonia’s first live London concerts for over a year are also Esa-Pekka Salonen’s last as the orchestra’s Principal Conductor.
As he reaches the end of his tenure, 13 years of extraordinary musical moments and groundbreaking projects, Salonen turns to the composers whose music has been a constant thread through his career: Beethoven, Stravinsky and Sibelius.
Beethoven’s First Symphony and Sibelius’s last stand at opposite ends of the Romantic era. As the nineteenth century dawns, Beethoven sets out on his lifelong mission to redefine what a symphony can be, with bold shifts of key, rhythm and dynamics. And Sibelius re-shapes the form completely to envelop us in a seamless single-movement work.
In his Piano Concerto No. 2, Liszt uses endlessly inventive transformations of melodic phrases to weave his musical magic. Yefim Bronfman’s larger-than-life personality and natural warmth make him an ideal interpreter, and he and Salonen have been frequent collaborators and firm friends for many years.
Salonen’s goodbye would not be complete without a piece by Stravinsky, one of his great loves. We could wish for no better guide through the distinctive, mystical soundworld of Symphonies of Wind Instruments.
Please note you can also book tickets to attend this concert in person on Friday 4 June.
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When and where
This concert was filmed at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, and will premiere on Thursday 24 June 2021 at 7.30pm. It was filmed on 4 June 2021 with a live audience
How can I watch
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Is this a live performance?
No. This performance is filmed as live but it took place on Friday 4 June 2021
Was it produced safely?
Yes. We are working with independent health and safety experts and have robust risk assessment procedures in place drawing from Public Health England advice.
Programme notes for this concert will be available a week before the performance.