Bartók: The Wooden Prince, Op. 13, Sz. 60 & The Miraculous Mandarin Suite, Op. 19, Sz. 73
Susanna Mälkki and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra release their first album together since she became chief conductor in 2016. They perform Béla Bartók's two ballets, The Wooden Prince and The Miraculous Mandarin, the latter in its shorter concert suite version. While The Wooden Prince is a fairytale, The Miraculous Mandarin is a dark story set in the city, which caused a scandal at its 1926 premiere.