BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Total Immersion Esa-Pekka Salonen

Barbican Centre London
BBC SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Total Immersion Esa-Pekka Salonen
Sakari Oramo

Sunday 10 December 2017

Barbican Centre London



A rich survey of Salonen’s music with orchestra including the thrilling Wing on Wing inspired by the striking architecture of LA’s Disney Hall.

Finn on Finn perhaps! A Finnish conductor and two Finnish singers treat us to music by the Finn, Esa-Pekka Salonen in this climax of the Total Immersion weekend. Sisters Anu and Piia Komsi sang in the 2004 world premiere of Wing on Wing, a work inspired by architect Frank Gehry’s Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles (and using taped samples of Gehry’s voice). Gambit from 1998 makes a powerful opener, a virtuoso overture. Mimo II (1992) for oboe and orchestra is a kind of super-theme-and-variations while the choral Karawane from 2014, setting a poem by the German Dadaist poet Hugo Ball, brings the story almost up to date.


Esa-Pekka Salonen Gambit
Wing on Wing
Mimo II
Karawane (UK premiere)
Esa-Pekka Salonen will introduce each work from the stage


BBC Symphony Orchestra
Sakari Oramo conductor
Anu Komsi soprano
Piia Komsi soprano
Nicholas Daniel oboe
BBC Symphony Chorus

Barbican Centre London 10 December 2017 (Whole day starting at 10.45 AM)