Magazine article Sunset

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Magazine article Sunset

Esa-Pekka Salonen

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LOS ANGELES

The Finnish conductor has pulled the Los Angeles Philharmonic into the top ranks of world orchestras. Along the way, he's fallen in love with L.A.

On Watt Disney Concert Hall The first time I heard music here, I felt it was one of the great hails in the world. I stilt think that way, completely.

On L.A. audiences Los Angeles has curiosity and lack of prejudice. That is powerful. Our audiences are able to take challenges. They run with them.

On the future of music You can download our concerts on iTunes. I believe that downloading is going to be the predominant way of listening to music, if it isn't already. There's a myth that classical music people aren't tech savvy and resist every innovation. But it's not true.

On this year's concert season Weil, of course the most massive thing is The Tristan Project [a multimedia work based on Wagner's Tristan und Isolde], which happens in spring. …

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