Esa-Pekka Salonen (Photo by Benjamin Ealovega)

Conductor Salonen and cellist Ma join together for Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto, a work Ma performed for the first time when he was 19. The web interview below with him goes into more detail. Salonen leads works by himself, Beethoven and Lutosławski. The CSO gave the premiere of Lutosławski’s Third Symphony with Sir George Solti in 1983, and Salonen talks about the immense, immediate popularity the work had in Europe after that performance in the interview, and how a bootleg CD of the radio broadcast was a very hot commodity.

Beethoven Overture to King Stephen
Lutosławski Symphony No. 3
Salonen Foreign Bodies
Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1
Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Originally recorded at concerts on Feb. 24, 25, 26, and 27, 2016, and March 1, 2016

Janáček Sinfonietta
Originally recorded at concerts on Apr. 10, 11, 12, and 13, 2014

Program notes for the first four works may be read here. Notes for the Sinfonietta are here.

This program will be available until August 2, 2019

Performer Biographies

Yo-Yo Ma, cello
Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

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