On May 10, Susanna Mälkki leads the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra in the world premiere of Enno Poppe’s Fett, a co-commission with the HPO, the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. A greatly anticipated world premiere, the German composer describes his inventive music as “dented nature”, which grows from small sprouts.

Violinist Christian Tetzlaff interprets Szymanowski’s Violin Concerto No. 1, a work that Tetzlaff has referred to as the Polish composer’s philosopher’s stone. The concert concludes with Sibelius’ Third Symphony, a work that has had a long history with the HPO. The orchestra gave the symphony’s first performance, conducted by Sibelius, on September 25, 1907.