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Salonen Premiere kicks off the LA Phil's 100th Anniversary

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The ascendancy of the Los Angeles Philharmonic is the salient event in American orchestral life of the past twenty-five years.
— Alex Ross, The New Yorker 

This weekend, Conductor Laureate Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the Los Angeles Philharmonic in the commissioned world premiere of Castor, his new piece for large orchestra. Salonen conducts Castor again on October 26, alongside its 2018 companion piece Pollux; when performed together, the duo is titled Gemini.

Several compositions from the Wise Music catalog grace the stage at Walt Disney Concert Hall this season, celebrating the LA Phil's legacy of progressive musicmaking and programming. Music & Artistic Director Gustavo Dudamel spotlights symphonies by Charles Ives February 27-29, pairing his innocent Third and omnipotent Fourth with Dvořák's "New World" Symphony. In addition to commissioned premieres by Julia Wolfe and Kaija Saariaho, the LA Phil also performs the American premiere of Mignon — Papillons by Bent Sørensen February 4 with pianist Víkingur Ólafsson and conductor Daníel Bjarnason.

Please explore and enjoy the following titles, all to be performed by the LA Phil this season.

Samuel Barber
Concerto for Violin, Op. 14 (1939, rev. 1949) 22 Minutes
Violin; 2(pic).2.2.2/2200/timp/pf/str
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Carlos Chávez
Symphony No. 2, Sinfonía India (1935) 11 Minutes
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Duke Ellington
Night Creature (1956) 17 Minutes
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Helen Grime
A Cold Spring (2009) 10 Minutes
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Charles Ives
Symphony No. 3, The Camp Meeting (1904) 22 Minutes (PULITZER PRIZE 1947)
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Symphony No. 4 (2011 Performance Edition, ed. Thomas M. Brodhead) 30 Minutes
SATB chorus + 3+pic.2.3.tsx(barsx)[=tsx+barsx].2/4.6(cnt).4.tba/timp.5perc.[opt xyl]/solo pf.quarter-tone pf.orch pf(4-hand)[opt ether org]/str(min players); distant choir ensemble (hp.5vn); B.U. ensemble (5perc in mvt 4)
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Witold Lutosławski
Symphony No. 4 (1992) 22 Minutes
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André Previn
Can Spring be Far Behind? (2016) 15 Minutes
2+pic.2.2(Ebcl)+bcl.2/3.2.1+btbn.0/timp.perc/hp/str ( players min)
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Esa-Pekka Salonen
Castor (2019) 12 Minutes
Pollux (2018) 11 Minutes
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(Castor and Pollux become Gemini when performed together.)

Jean Sibelius
Lemminkaeinen Suite, Lemminkaeinen in Tuonelah, Op. 22/3 (1895, rev. 1939) 18 Minutes
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Bent Sørensen
Mignon — Papillons (2014) 24 Minutes
Piano; str
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The Weeping White Room (2002) 8 Minutes
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Anna Thorvaldsdottir
METACOSMOS (2017) 14 Minutes
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Here are five classic works that have been recorded by the LA Phil over the decades, and here's to 100 more years of Angeleno excellence.

Michael Gordon
Dystopia (2007) 31 Minutes
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John Harbison
Concerto for Double Brass Choir and Orchestra (1988) 20 Minutes
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Sergei Prokofiev
Symphony No. 6 in E-flat minor, Op. 111 (1947) 42 Minutes
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Kaija Saariaho
Du Cristal (1989) 19 Minutes4(4pic,3afl).3.3(Ebcl)+bcl(cbcl).2(cbn)/ Listen on Spotify | View score

Dmitri Shostakovich
Symphony No. 4 in C minor, Op. 43 (1935) 63 Minutes
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For more information, please contact Andrew Stein-Zeller.