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Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Susanna Mälkki release their first album

The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s first album together with chief conductor Susanna Mälkki will be released this Friday. The Bartók Trilogy also marks the orchestra’s first collaboration with BIS Records. 

The first album by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra with chief conductor Susanna Mälkki will be released on Friday 10 May. The album features the orchestra’s interpretations of Béla Bartók’s orchestral piece The Wooden Prince, Op. 13, and his concert suite The Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19.

Originally composed by Bartók as pantomime ballets, their mystical stories and colourful music provide a fresh perspective on the composer’s seldom recorded music. The album was recorded at the Helsinki Music Centre in 2017-2018 and produced by Robert Suff, with sound engineering by Enno Mäemets. The orchestra’s previous album was released in 2016.

The HPO’s concert on Friday marks another milestone, as the orchestra will be performing the world premiere of a new piece by Enno Poppe, one of the most important contemporary composers of our day. FETT was commissioned by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra together with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Musica Viva Festival.