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SWR Symphonieorchester II

Whitsun Festival 2022: Dima Slobodeniouk conducts Salonen and Beethoven

Which is greater, the longing for eternal life or the love for a human being? The Greek hero Pollux didn’t think twice: he renounced immortality and followed his brother into the realm of shadows. When Esa-Pekka Salonen takes inspiration from this myth for his twin orchestral movements Gemini, this is only the temporary end point of a development that young Russian-Finnish conductor Dima Slobodeniouk hopes to illuminate on his musical journey. We can imagine we’re strolling through an imaginary exhibition: with Castor and Pollux by the Baroque composer Jean-Philippe Rameau, whose tender death scene finds its antithesis in the heroic lament of the “Eroica” Symphony – here, however, elevated to cosmic dimensions.


Jean-Philippe Rameau
Airs and Dances from the Opera Castor et Pollux

Esa-Pekka Salonen


Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, op. 55 (“Eroica”)

Estimated end time: 7:50 PM


Dima Slobodeniouk Conductor