Esa-Pekka Salonen – conductor
Mitsuko Uchida – piano
Zsolt-Tihamér Visontay – violin
Bach arr. Klemperer 'Bist du bei mir'
Bach arr. Webern Ricercata 2 a 6 voci
Bach arr. Berio Contrapunctus XIX
Bach Prelude from Partita No. 3 in E major for solo violin BWV 1006.1
Esa-Pekka Salonen Fog (World premiere, version for orchestra)
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3
Esa-Pekka Salonen is joined by revered pianist Mitsuko Uchida in his final concert as Principal Conductor of the Philharmonia. In this typically thoughtful programme, Salonen distils all the creativity and sense of adventure that have been the hallmarks of his 13-year tenure, and claims his place in Philharmonia Orchestra history.
Generations of composers have looked to the music of JS Bach for instruction and inspiration. Salonen brings together a lush aria arrangement for strings by the Philharmonia’s first Principal Conductor Otto Klemperer; a masterclass in instrumental timbre by Anton Webern; and Luciano Berio’s homage to the king of counterpoint.
The joyful Prelude from Bach’s Partita No. 3, played by the Philharmonia’s Concert Master, sets the scene for Salonen’s own Fog, dedicated to the architect Frank Gehry. The piece takes its name from Gehry’s initials, but it’s easy to imagine a chilly, mysterious landscape as glimpses of Bach’s Partita emerge, coalesce and then disappear again.
Esa-Pekka Salonen and Mitsuko Uchida have worked together many times, in concert halls around the world. They join forces once more for Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, to crown this fascinating concert and mark the end of an extraordinary era for the Philharmonia.
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When and where
This concert was filmed at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, and will premiere on Friday 25 June 2021 at 7.30pm. It was filmed on 10 June 2021
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Is this a live performance?
No. This performance is filmed as live but it took place on Thursday 10 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.