... never has it sounded to me more like a total masterpiece than under Mälkki’s magnificent baton.

The Arts Desk

Mälkki seems just as authoritative in mainstream romantic and 20th century scores as she is in thornier so-called contemporary music (she spent seven years with Ensemble Intercontemporain; in the 2016-17 season she takes up her post as Chief Conductor of the lucky Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra). She has a fabulous rhythmic sense; I found myself rocking in my swivelling seat not just in Boulez’s five orchestral extensions of his piano Notations but also in a work of far less certain intent, Luca Francesconi’s Duende: The Dark Notes.”

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