Tonight on 98.7WFMT Chicago and via free streaming anywhere in the world at wfmt.com from 10:05 p.m. to 11:05 p.m CST (there's an opera broadcast tonight beforehand) my guest is Finnish composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, in town for two weeks of concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, through March 2.
In our first recorded conversation (taped February 20 at Orchestra Hall) with the former longtime music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, I ask him about three composers with whom he was or is close and whose music he has conducted on three recently released CDs -- Witold Lutosławski, Henri Dutilleux, and . . . Esa-Pekka Salonen. Musical examples are provided. And he gives us some bonus time on another composer whose music (from Tristan and Isolde) made up his concerts last week.
The program will then be available indefinitely at wfmt.com/criticalthinking for free download/podcast/streaming.
See you on the radio!