Olivier Messiaen

Susanna Mälkki
Simon Fowler

The Finnish conductor leads the BSO in Debussy's colorful evocation of the sea, alongside works by Fauré and Messiaen, and Andreas Haefliger is the soloist in the American premiere of a piano concerto by Dieter Ammann.

Conductors, like most music lovers, keep discovering music that is new to them. My own latest discovery is the Turangalîla-Symphonie, a mind-blowing 75-minute orchestral piece by Olivier Messiaen, written in the 1940s. It's a rare treat for me to be able to work on a piece from the middle of the 20th century that I have never even heard performed live.