New Esa-Pekka Salonen piece withdrawn from Disney Hall concert

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Esa-Pekka Salonen’s new piece for piano, ‘Humoreske,’ was scheduled to have its world premiere at a Yefim Bronfman recital at Walt Disney Concert Hall March 9. But the composer has had to withdraw the piece from the performance as well as from Bronfman’s March 18 recital at Carnegie Hall.

In a statement, the orchestra said that Salonen ‘regrets that the work will not be completed in time for the March performances in Los Angeles and New York.’


Bronfman’s concerts at Disney Hall and Carnegie Hall will feature Haydn’s Piano Sonata in C, Hob. XVI/50, Schumann’s Humoreske in B-flat, Op. 20 and Chopin’s Twelve Etudes, Op. 10.

Salonen has been busy in recent weeks traveling and conducting. He is in the midst of a two-week residency with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, where he is conducting a number of concerts, including his Violin Concerto, which had its L.A. premiere in 2009.

Later this month, he will conduct a series of concerts with the New York Philharmonic at Avery Fischer Hall in New York.

Salonen served as the L.A. Philharmonic’s music director from 1992 to 2009. He now holds the title of conductor laureate. Salonen is scheduled to conduct during a tribute concert to the late Ernest Fleischmann on March 29 at Disney Hall.

His latest composition is ‘Nyx,’ an orchestal work that had its world premiere in February with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. You can watch the performance in the video below, courtesy of Arte.



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-- David Ng

Photo (top): Esa-Pekka Salonen in 2010. Credit: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Photo (bottom): Gustavo Dudamel, backstage at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times