Late Monday (8/24) on the Los Angeles Times blog Culture Monster, David Ng writes, “Local classical music fans who are experiencing Esa-Pekka Salonen withdrawal symptoms can assuage their melancholy with a new live recording that will be released Tuesday by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The album, which goes on sales via iTunes, is part of the DG Concert Series released by Deutsche Grammophon. The recording features Salonen conducting the L.A. Philharmonic in three pieces: Three Dances from ‘El Amor Brujo’ by Manuel de Falla; ‘La Mer’ by Claude Debussy; and Maurice Ravel’s ‘Mother Goose.’ The orchestra said that the album was recorded live in Walt Disney Concert Hall during performances on Oct. 3-5, 2008. In his review of the concerts, Times music critic Mark Swed wrote that ‘Saturday night was simply the Philharmonic at its best. Gorgeously colored music was, well, gorgeously colored, sounding fresh as a burbling spring, the morning dew or any other cliché you might select.’ ”

Posted August 26, 2009