SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE – Esa-Pekka Salonen review: powerful punch

There will be plenty of opportunities this weekend to appreciate Esa-Pekka Salonen’s gifts as a conductor in the Berkeley concerts he’s leading with the Philharmonia Orchestra. But before we get to that, what an extraordinary composer he is!
Thursday’s “Composer Portrait” concert in Hertz Hall, the opening salvo of Salonen’s Berkeley residency presented by Cal Performances, was a nonstop explosion of delight and amazement.

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