Esa-Pekka Salonen Quotes

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Esa-Pekka Salonen Quotes

The players never think they project enough. In a hall that seats 3,300 people, its a very scary thing to play so quietly that you can barely hear yourself.
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Orchestras have become used to the emphasis on the separation of layers, of the ultimate precision and clarity.

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The music I turn out these days is the kind of music I want to hear myself.

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I love a visceral sound, the kind that hits you in the belly.

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This conducting thing happened. In 1983 I was sucked into this international career, which was a very scary experience.

— Esa-Pekka Salonen

The players never think they project enough. In a hall that seats 3,300 people, it's a very scary thing to play so quietly that you can barely hear yourself.

— Esa-Pekka Salonen

If we always thought like that, why would we study physics, why would we think of cosmology, why would we do any kind of research? Because we know already so much that there is no one person who can contain all that information.

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I think if you would like to describe composing as an act with one word, "slow" would be the word.

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After 30 years I have realized the greatest pleasure I can get is to have learnt.

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I'm composing more than before. I'm cutting down on conducting.

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If somebody had told me when I was starting composition in Helsinki in the '70s that I would end up in L.A. and to describe that journey, those 17 years with the philharmonic and building the hall and this and that, I would have said, "This is a fairy tale of the first order."

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I think truth as an idea should be left to the philosophers and perhaps religious leaders and politicians, and professional people who deal with that idea.

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Of course, if you think of a European or American household in the '50s, so what were the things that when people started climbing up the ladder, what did they buy? A fridge, a TV, I think piano was the number three item in say '53 or '54.

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The classical music industry, has been an industry of covers. So we do covers, and if I compare this with the rock and pop side, what is the most exciting event?

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Our industry [classic music] has kind of retarded into this kind of endless cover-producing thing, and it's a pity.

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