Two nights only--Thursday and Saturday--the CSO is playing Esa-Pekka Salonen's violin concerto under the composer's direction along with Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of the Faun and Sibelius' 2nd Symphony. It starts with the Debussy, one of the oft-repeated clichés of orchestra, with which you are familiar--even if not by name. Then it's all Finnish. Salonen studied at the Sibelius Academny in Helsinki, so he should know his countryman's music intimately. Give it a listen below. Goes down like chocolate milk.
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