Salonen and Sellars effectively link Stravinsky’s Oedipus Rex with Symphony of Psalms

United StatesUnited States Stravinsky, Oedipus Rex, Symphony of Psalms: Soloists, San Francisco Symphony Chorus and Orchestra / Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor). Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, 11.6.2022. (HS)

(l-r) Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts, Sean Pannikar (Oedipus), Willard White (Creon), Lauren Jenkins and Breezy Leigh (Oedipus’s daughters) (c) Kristen Loken

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Daniil Trifonov romps through Mason Bates’s Piano Concerto with gusto

United StatesUnited States Wennäkoski, Bates, Dvořák: Daniil Trifonov (piano), San Francisco Symphony / Ruth Reinhardt (conductor). Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, 2.6.2022. (HS)

(l-r) Wyatt Underhill (assistant concertmaster), Mason Bates (composer), Ruth Reinhardt (conductor) and Daniil Trifonov (pianist)

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Beethoven’s ‘Creatures’ from Salonen and the San Francisco Symphony is strange but tuneful

United StatesUnited States Beethoven: Keith David (narrator), Hillary Leben (animator), San Francisco Symphony / Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor). Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, 24.2.2022. (HS)

Animation of Terpsichore and the Graces dance by Hillary Leben (c) Stefan Cohen

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Explosion of orchestral and vocal color in San Francisco from works by Simon, Price, Brahms and Franck

United StatesUnited States Various: Melody Wilson (mezzo-soprano), San Francisco Symphony Chorus (Anthony Trecek-King: director), San Francisco Symphony / Earl Lee, Akiko Fujimoto, Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser (conductors). Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco, 17.2.2022. (HS)

Melody Wilson (mezzo-soprano) and Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser (conductor) in Brahms’s Alto Rhapsody © Stefan Cohen

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