In three short films, Philharmonia Orchestra’s Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, introduces his programmes of Bruckner, Schoenberg and Wagner ahead of the orchestra’s 2018/19 London Season opening concerts here. The first takes place on Thursday 27 September and features music from Wagner’s Götterdämmerung, the one-act Schoenberg opera Erwartung, and Bruckner’s Sixth Symphony.
Part II is on Sunday 30 September 2018. At this performance you will hear Wagner’s Prelude & Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde; Schoenberg’s much-loved Verklärte Nacht and Bruckner’s Symphony No.7.
Find out why these works belong together, in Esa-Pekka’s eyes, and how without a chance encounter with Bruckner’s music he may never have found his way to platforms all around the world.
In this film, Esa-Pekka Salonen discusses his love of Bruckner’s music, revealing his belief that ‘you just be there and Bruckner takes care of you’.
Here, Esa-Pekka shares the touching story of how hearing Bruckner on the radio inspired him to pursue a career in music. ‘Maybe I should become a musician,’ he remembers thinking, ‘if music can be like this.’
Book now to hear these two fascinating concerts.
Part I takes place on Thursday 27 September.
Part II takes place on Sunday 30 September.