Salonen: Wing on Wing, etc.

( 1 )

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
Finland has come a long way since Jean Sibelius put his country on the musical map. Any list of the world's most interesting living composers would likely include Kaija Saariaho and Magnus Lindberg, as well as elder statesman Einojuhani Rautavaara. As for Esa-Pekka Salonen, over the last few decades his busy conducting career has outpaced his reputation as a composer, but lately this seems to be changing. Featuring world-premiere recordings of three works written since 2001, this disc sheds some well-deserved light on Salonen's creative talents. Like other accomplished composer-conductors of the past -- Mahler and Strauss, for example -- Salonen's time on the podium has...
See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (2) from $6.77   
  • Used (2) from $6.77   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$6.77
Seller since 2007

Feedback rating:

(3060)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

Good
02/08/2005 CD Good

Ships from: Seattle, WA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$35.00
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(89)

Condition: Very Good
AUDIO CD Very Good 028947753759 CD has a few light surface scratches which do not affect play. Happily shipped within 24 hours!

Ships from: Worcester, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Scott Paulin
Finland has come a long way since Jean Sibelius put his country on the musical map. Any list of the world's most interesting living composers would likely include Kaija Saariaho and Magnus Lindberg, as well as elder statesman Einojuhani Rautavaara. As for Esa-Pekka Salonen, over the last few decades his busy conducting career has outpaced his reputation as a composer, but lately this seems to be changing. Featuring world-premiere recordings of three works written since 2001, this disc sheds some well-deserved light on Salonen's creative talents. Like other accomplished composer-conductors of the past -- Mahler and Strauss, for example -- Salonen's time on the podium has enhanced his ear for orchestral color; he invents fascinating sonic combinations and contrasts, and wields the whole ensemble with full knowledge of its capabilities. Conducting has also led Salonen to understand the act of communicating with an audience, something his music does with admirable clarity. Foreign Bodies is a remarkably energetic work, walking a line between mechanism and organic physicality. Fans of John Adams will find much to admire in this piece, and in what follows. Wing on Wing was composed for the 2004 opening of the Walt Disney Concert Hall (the Los Angeles Philharmonic's new home), designed by Frank Gehry, and it must have given the acoustics a real workout. The architect's voice is actually sampled electronically several times here -- though his words are seldom clear -- and the score as a whole is most evocative, including two wordless sopranos to lure the listener in like sirens at sea. Insomnia is yet another virtuoso display for the orchestra, a kaleidoscopic sequence of musical episodes, each one flowing seamlessly into the next. With any luck Salonen will continue to find the balance between conducting and composing that has allowed him to produce such impressive and instantly appealing music.
All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
As this is written, Esa-Pekka Salonen has been director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for 13 seasons. Recognition of the unqualified success of his partnership with the Philharmonic was immediate, but symphony audiences in Los Angeles were slow to develop the same warm and fuzzy feeling for Salonen's work as a composer. It's not that they didn't want to like Salonen's music, but admittedly his arch-serial efforts composed back in Finland didn't exactly send pulses racing, as did his performances of Stravinsky and Bernard Herrmann. The heritage of the film music community is at the very center of musical life in the "city of angels," and by incorporating some elements of its essence, Salonen's new compositions now have qualities his earliest works never did -- emotion, expressiveness, and a responsiveness to his environment. Although the three works featured on this maiden voyage associating Salonen with Deutsche Grammophon -- "Foreign Bodies," "Wing on Wing," and "Insomnia" -- are performed here by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, they incorporate gestures that the Los Angeles Philharmonic has always done well -- the sweep, grandeur, and color of orchestral music such as Respighi, Ravel, and early Stravinsky. Yet Salonen has not "sold out" his old style so much as matured and become more inclusive of his surroundings. There are hints of rock & roll bass lines in "Foreign Bodies," and "Wing on Wing," featuring the amazing wordless soprano singing of Anu Komsi and Piia Komsi, is reminiscent of George Antheil's score for the 1953 horror film Dementia -- the high, female voices wailing over an unstable riot of orchestral color. The blurb on the back of the disc makes use of an unfortunate choice of words -- "Esa-Pekka Salonen hits the nerve of his time." Many listeners will be happy if he doesn't hit the nerve in their root canal, as might be expected given prevailing attitudes about contemporary music in general. Wing on Wing demonstrates that Salonen's music has found room for compromise, and that this has been good for it, as it is growing and maturing, rather than stagnating. Perhaps the blurb might have said that Salonen has his finger on the pulse of his city, and that the prognosis is good -- it definitely makes for interesting and fulfilling listening.
Gramophone - Arnold Whitall
The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra play magnificently. If you like your music to be "first and foremost physical," this disc will not disappoint.

The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra play magnificently. If you like your music to be "first and foremost physical," this disc will not disappoint.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/8/2005
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • UPC: 028947753759
  • Catalog Number: 000396502

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Foreign Bodies, for orchestra - Esa-Pekka Salonen & Esa-Pekka Salonen (19:43)
  2. 2 Wing on Wing, for 2 sopranos & orchestra - Esa-Pekka Salonen & Esa-Pekka Salonen (25:56)
  3. 3 Insomnia, for orchestra - Esa-Pekka Salonen & Esa-Pekka Salonen (21:14)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Esa-Pekka Salonen Primary Artist
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews