Classical Music Review

Mälkki, New World deliver riveting Berlioz and U.S. premiere of clarinet concerto


The musical bounty of contemporary Finland took the stage in Miami Beach as conductor Susanna Mälkki led a performance by the New World Symphony that was both exhilarating and thought-provoking.

Mälkki, a contemporary music specialist in her final season as music director of the Paris-based Ensemble InterContemporain, has become one of the world’s most sought-after podium guests. Conducting at New World Center Saturday evening without a baton, she showed a mastery of the orchestra, leading it through subtle and sudden changes in dynamics, with tight ensemble work and sizzling intensity in a concert that included the U.S. premiere of a new clarinet concerto and Berlioz’s Symphonic fantastique.

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