German-French cellist Nicolas Altstaedt performing acclaimed Finnish conductor and composer Esa-Pekka Salonen‘s newly-premiered Cello Concerto – for solo cello, orchestra and electronic feedback loops.
Recorded live on August 11, 2017 at the Helsinki Festival – with Salonen conducting the Finnish National Opera.
The 35 minute, 3 movement work, co-commissioned by the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic, the Barbican Centre and the Elbphilharmonie, was first performed in March of this year – with soloist Yo-Yo Ma and the Chicago Symphony.
“The ideas for the piece can be traced back by at least three decades … but the actual material for the piece was developed in the summer of 2015 when I decided to spend a few months researching new kinds of textures …” the composer has said.
ESA-PEKKA SALONEN | CELLO CONCERTO | NICOLAS ALTSTAEDT | ESA-PEKKA SALONEN & FINNISH NATIONAL OPERA ORCHESTRA | AUGUST 2017