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Philharmonia Orchestra London
Outstanding Achievements of Late Romanticism
Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
Arnold Schoenberg, Transfigured Night, for orchestra, Op. 4 (1917)
Anton Bruckner, Symphony No 7 in E major, WAB 107
A world-class symphony orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra London constantly broadens the definitions of symphonic music. The Philharmonia has a pioneering approach to the role of the modern-day symphony orchestra, pushing the boundaries of classical music with its visionary projects, and reaching global audiences through advanced technology.
Internationally, the Philharmonia is active across Europe, Asia and the USA. Great conductors associated with the orchestra since its early history include R. Strauss, Karajan, Toscanini, Maazel and Muti. Finnish hornist, composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen (1958) made a sensational debut with the Orchestra in 1983 and went on to build a reputation as one of the finest musicians of his generation. Salonen, today recognised as a preeminent classical musician, has been Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Orchestra since 2008. He is praised for his inspiring, colourful, refined and animated yet disciplined interpretations.
Stemming from the ideals of Wagner and Brahms, Schoenberg’s first notable composition, the one-time controversial Transfigured Night, displays a highly developed harmonic idiom that heralds the composer’s later orientation. Building his music on similar foundations, Bruckner’s plight of a misunderstood artist took a dramatic upturn when his remarkably successful Symphony No 7 brought him world renown.