conductor of the Helsinki Symphony Orchestra, Susanna Mälkki is particularly
keen to promote the contemporary repertoire. She will be at the Palais Garnier
to direct the world premier of Trompe-la-mort
by Luca Francesconi and, in concert, the French premier of Pascal Dusapin’s
Concerto for cello, Outscape.
In 2011, you conducted Quartett by Luca Francesconi at La Scala Milan. When did you first meet him?
Trompe-la-mort is the second of Luca Francesconi’s operas that you have conducted. On first looking at the score, what struck you particularly about it?
The creative process is one you are familiar with: you spent several years at the head of the Ensemble Intercontemporain; you have worked with numerous 21st century composers and premiered a number of their works. Where would you place Luca Francesconi’s music within this contemporary landscape?
On 6th April you are conducting the French premier of Outscape, Pascal Dusapin’s second cello concerto. According to the composer, the title evokes “the way, or the opportunity to escape, to invent one’s own way forward”. How do the two works that you have chosen to add to the programme fit in around the cello concerto?
Interviewed by Sarah Barbedette
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