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Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Sibelius and Salonen

Verbier Festival 2007

Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Sibelius and Salonen Verbier Festival 2007


Experience a truly formidable pairing: the talents of brilliant Finnish conductor-composer Esa-Pekka Salonen with the music of his compatriot Sibelius in a performance from the 2007 Verbier Festival.

In my soul, the ideal Sibelius concert does not resemble an interpretation, or even a particular point of view. I want it to be like ice breaking in spring on a northern river: intense, beautiful, terrifying and inevitable. I am not sure that anyone is capable of achieving such a thing, but one can always try.—Esa-Pekka Salonen

Esa-Pekka Salonen meets the challenge and delivers a remarkable Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony. Salonen also conducts the orchestra in one of his own works, L.A. Variations. Premiered in 1996 and commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, in composing this fifteen-minute-long work Salonen highlighted the virtuosity and power of the American orchestra. This makes the work a real challenge for the Verbier Festival Orchestra, but the musicians prove themselves more than equal to it.


  • Esa-Pekka Salonen, L.A. Variations
  • Jean Sibelius, Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 82
    • 1. Tempo molto moderato
    • 2. Andante mosso, quasi allegretto
    • 3. Allegro molto


  • Directed by: François-René Martin
  • Venue: Verbier Festival (Verbier, Switzerland)
  • Production date: 2008
  • Recording date: 2007
  • Duration: 55 min
  • Production: © Idéale Audience – France
  • Available version(s): EN

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