Salonen is … soot

Salonen is … soot


norman lebrecht

September 16, 2014

Tim Mangan flags up the cover of new Port magazine.

He wrote the piece. He didn’t take the picture.


Is this what it takes to be a conductor in 2014?

UPDATE: We’ve received this clarification from Esa-Pekka’s publicist:

I just wanted to clarify … that the “soot” / dirt (/ whatever it’s meant to be) was added to those Esa-Pekka Salonen photos by the Port magazine editors after the photo shoot. The photos were quite nice and normal, taken at a dressing room at the Hollywood Bowl. Just me, Esa-Pekka, an LA Phil press person, a stylist, and the photographer: business as usual. I only realized what had been done when I saw the cover online. They did that to all the photos inside, too – just got my copy in the mail. We had no warning. I think they’re trying to be Artists? “Edgy”? Who knows. 


  • Tom says:

    Looks like these UV Camera pictures –