The Finish conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, visited the New York Philharmonic this week to conduct the orchestra in Ravel (seems like we’ve been having a lot of Ravel this season), Sibelius and his own Violin Concerto with Leila Josefowicz.
- Ravel – Suite from Ma Mére l’Oye (Mother Goose)
- Salonen – Violin Concerto
- Sibelius – Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 82
The highlight of the evening was the incredibly virtuosic performance of Josefowicz. She was playing things on the violin I never imagined possible. The audience justifiably recognized her with a standing ovation. She reciprocated with an encore, a brief solo piece by the other star of the evening, Salonen.
Salonen and Josefowicz have recorded the Violin Concerto, and it is available on Spotify. The New York Times review was gushing as well, describing the concert as “revelatory.”