Susanna Mälkki starts work at the Helsinki Philharmonic tomorrow. Here’s her opening programme:
The only Sibelius is a Stravinsky arrangement, and there will be no more of him this season.
Next week, Susanna conducts Boulez, Maresz and Berlioz. Over the next couple of months there will be Messiaen, Dutilleux, Debussy, Murail, Ravel.
It’s a complete refresher course for Finnish ears.
Which man would take such risks in the first season of his first music directorship?