Conducted by Susanna Mälkki, the wide array of string instruments, the broad scope of wind instruments and the lavish range of percussion instruments sprea

Susanna Mälkki, conductor

Programme:
Kaija Saariaho: Vista
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 7

Conducted by Susanna Mälkki, the wide array of string instruments, the broad scope of wind instruments and the lavish range of percussion instruments spread across the stage of the large concert hall at the Helsinki Music Centre to conjure up Kaija Saariaho’s open views and new tonal colours. Premiered by the HPO in May 2021, Vista offers “ear-pleasing instrumentation and a surprising sense of threat.” (Rondo)

Anton Bruckner dedicated the Adagio of his Seventh Symphony to the “memory of the immortal and dearly beloved Master”, Richard Wagner. Music critic Eduard Hanslick, a contemporary of Bruckner, referred to the piece as a “symphonic boa constrictor”. Nevertheless, it was his Seventh that gave Bruckner his ultimate breakthrough as a symphonist – at the age of 62!

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